Widespread killings and rapes by South Sudanese government forces and their allies against civilians may amount to crimes against humanity, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a new report detailing the atrocities.
Based on interviews with 170 survivors in the past couple of months, HRW documented 63 cases of rape, including gang rapes. Only 1 woman interviewed received any medical or other services for sexual violence.
“Women and girls are bearing the brunt of this brutal offensive as fighters target them for rape, abduction, beatings, and forced labor,” said Daniel Bekele, Africa director at HRW. HRW has urged President Barack Obama to publicly advance an arms embargo when he visits the African Union this week.
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