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UN Rights Council Calls Special S.Sudan Session Next Week

December 10, 2016 | No comment

The UN human rights council said Friday it will hold a special session on South Sudan next week, following a request from 40 nations led by the United States.

The session is scheduled for December 14, two weeks after UN human rights experts claimed ethnic cleansing was underway in country, where violence has soared since the resumption of conflict in July.
The panel of three United Nations experts released their findings after a visit to several hotspots in the country and described the country as being on the brink of “catastrophe”.

In a statement, the rights council said the call for a special session had been backed by 16 of the body’s 47 members, fulfilling the one-third support threshold needed for the session to go ahead.
That group was led by the US and includes European powers like Britain, France and Germany — as well as South Korea and several Latin American states.

A further 24 observer states to the council have also expressed support, the statement said.
The rights council has held 26 special sessions in its 10-year history, most recently an October 21 debate on the humanitarian disaster in Syria’s Aleppo.

The one-day session is likely to weigh the experts’ findings, which included evidence that starvation, gang rape and the burning of villages were being used as weapons during the conflict.