Abuses growing in South Sudan conflict

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Abuses growing in South Sudan conflict, U.N. says
http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/24/world/africa/south-sudan-violence/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

U.S. Marines stood by to help evacuate Americans in South Sudan as the top U.N. official there warned Tuesday of a "breakdown in respect for the most basic rights of people" amid the country's widening military and humanitarian crisis.
U.N. Assistant Secretary-General Toby Lanzer tweeted that more accounts were reaching him of human rights abuses amid widening violence that has stoked fears of an all-out civil war in the world's newest country.
In Geneva, Switzerland, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay called human rights abuses in the country a "serious and growing" problem.
 

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russ_watters
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You beat me to the punch - I read that article earlier as well. A few more nuggets:
In Geneva, Switzerland, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay called human rights abuses in the country a "serious and growing" problem.

"Mass extrajudicial killings, the targeting of individuals on the basis of their ethnicity and arbitrary detentions have been documented in recent days," Pillay said, according to the statement. "We have discovered a mass grave in Bentiu, in Unity State, and there are reportedly at least two other mass graves in Juba."

But the broad nature of this conflict and the intensity of the violence -- which U.N. officials say has taken on ethnic overtones -- has raised fears of another genocide along the lines of Rwanda, the African nation where 800,000 people were slaughtered in 1994, according to the United Nations.
 
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At least this time we are being pro-active with deploying US forces to protect our interests in the country.
In a statement, the U.S. military's Africa Command said Monday it was positioning the Marines to be able to respond should conditions deteriorate even more. The decision grew out of the U.S. experience in Benghazi, Libya, where an attack last year killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. No U.S. forces were close enough to respond quickly.
http://www.stripes.com/news/us-moving-forces-in-response-to-south-sudan-violence-1.258914

Although defense officials said the U.S. military footprint in Juba could be increased rapidly if necessary, experts said they did not see that happening, at least as part of any military operation extending beyond evacuation efforts.

“I would say that is extremely unlikely,” said Jason Mosely, a regional expert at the London-based Chatham House think tank.

AFRICOM also said its East Africa Response Force’s role is limited: provide security reinforcement to the U.S. Embassy in South Sudan as part of a State Department request for assistance with ”an ordered departure of Embassy personnel,” Benson said in a statement Monday. “U.S. military personnel have been dispatched only to support U.S. Embassy operations.”
I hope that stays the only mission.
 

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