Geneva, – The U.N human rights chief says up to 50,000 civilians in South Sudan’s Upper Nile region are at imminent risk of human rights violations as government troops close in.

U.N human rights chief, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said Thursday that civilians in Aburoc town have nowhere to go. Many recently fled a military attack on nearby Kodok town, according to UNHRC.

The town holds between 35,000 and 50,000 people, most of whom arrived in recent weeks after terrifying journeys of up to 150 kilometres on foot, after SPLA attacks on areas to the south of the town of Aburoc.

The High Commissioner urged the Government of South Sudan to adhere to the pledges made by President Salva Kiir on 25 March, when he committed to declare a unilateral ceasefire, and to work towards political engagement to bring the conflict to an end.

The High Commissioner called on all parties to the conflict to comply with international humanitarian law, including taking all feasible precautions to prevent civilian casualties.

The High Commissioner also called on the Government to grant the UN Mission in South Sudan access to Aburoc and Kodok, and to ensure that humanitarian agencies are able to deliver crucial aid to the internally displaced population. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency