UN rights body to hold special meeting on South Sudan

2016-12-11 17:25
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Copenhagen - — The United Nations' top human right body plans to hold a special session on Wednesday to discuss the situation in South Sudan.

The hastily arranged meeting of the UN Human Rights Council was scheduled based on a request Friday from the United States and others, citing "the importance and the urgency of this situation."

The Geneva-based body has no power to sanctions countries but it can decide to carry out formal investigations of human rights abuses and its resolutions carry moral weight.

The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon recently warned that there is "a very real risk of mass atrocities being committed in South Sudan, in particular following the sharp rise in hate speech and ethnic incitement."

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