The United Nations Mission in South Sudan released a report on the findings of its in-depth investigation into the inter-communal violence in Jonglei State, that claimed the lives of hundreds in 2011 and early 2012. Entitled Incidents of Inter-communal Violence in Jonglei State, the 45-page report documents crimes and human rights violations that took place during the attacks, and provides nine recommendations to avert future major outbreaks of violence.
“To end the cycle of violence in Jonglei for good, we need to understand what happened and make sure that the perpetrators are held accountable. This needs to be part of a comprehensive peace process in the state,” said Hilde F. Johnson, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for South Sudan. “We sincerely believe this report will make a positive contribution towards reconciliation among the communities in Jonglei.”
The report was compiled by the Human Rights Division of UNMISS with support from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Human rights officers undertook 20 field missions to towns and rural areas of Jonglei State that were targeted by the violence, in particular those affected by the late December 2011 attacks by thousands of Lou Nuer armed youth on Murle settlements in Pibor County.