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UN peacekeepers failed to protect civilians in S.Sudan: rights group

Peacekeeper troops deployed by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), patrol on foot outside the premises of the UN Protection of Civilians (PoC) site in Juba, South Sudan, on October 4, 2016UN peacekeepers cowered in their bases rather than risk doing their job of protecting civilians during an outbreak of fighting in South Sudan in July, a rights group said Wednesday. “The United Nations needs to ensure transparency and accountability for the inadequate response of its peacekeepers,” the Washington-based Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) said in a statement. CIVIC also called for a UN arms embargo on South Sudan, which gained independence in 2011 and was plunged into conflict in December 2013, when President Salva Kiir accused his former deputy Riek Machar of plotting a coup d’etat.

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