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UN sending human rights chief to South Sudan

April 25, 2014

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A spokesman says the U.N. secretary-general is sending the U.N. human rights chief and special adviser on genocide to South Sudan this weekend to look into the “brutal attacks” on civilians there in recent days and the use of radio to “disseminate hate speech.”

Spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters Friday that they will meet with senior leaders in the east African country and the region.

The visit by U.N. human rights chief Navi Pillay and the U.N. chief’s special adviser on genocide prevention, Adama Dieng, comes a day after the U.N. Security Council expressed rare “horror” at the recent massacre of several hundred civilians in the city of Bentiu by rebel fighters.

Thursday’s statement said council members may be willing to impose sanctions if attacks on civilians continue.

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