United Nations — Human rights groups are urging the United Nations
Security Council to place an immediate arms embargo on South Sudan in order to
reduce unlawful attacks on civilians.
Such a ban would send a strong message that international
community will not enable fighters who have shown a complete disregard for the
laws of war, 30 human rights groups including Oxfam, Amnesty International and
Human Rights Watch said in a letter sent on Thursday.
The Security Council is considering a request from
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to place an arms embargo on South Sudan and to
ratchet up sanctions on individuals accused of hindering the peace process.
The letter points out that during five days of fighting between
forces loyal to the president and the vice president, civilian neighbourhoods
and UN compounds were shelled.