UN to hold session on rights situation in South Sudan

GENEVA Dec 9 (Reuters) – The United Nations Human Rights
Council will hold a special session on Dec. 14 on the situation
in South Sudan at the request of about 40 countries led by the
United States, a U.N. statement said on Friday.

Ethnic cleansing is taking place in some areas of South
Sudan and the stage is set for a repeat of the Rwandan genocide,
the head of the U.N. commission of human rights in the country
said on Dec. 1 at the end of a 10-day visit.

South Sudan plunged into civil conflict in December 2013
after a long running feud between President Salva Kiir and his
former deputy, Riek Machar, who are from different ethnic
groups. Much of the fighting ran along ethnic lines. A peace
deal was signed in 2015 but proved shaky from the outset.

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

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