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The UN condemns the impunity of the murders of journalists during the civil war in South Sudan

August 26, 2020

The United Nations on Tuesday denounced the situation of journalists and media workers in South Sudan, after the recent attacks and killings against them in recent years remained unsolved.

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Extrajudicial Executions, Agnès Callamard, has pointed out that the lack of adequate investigation to clear the accountability of this type of crime is a “very dangerous signal” of impunity.

“Three years is too long to leave a grieving family without answers,” Callamard denounced in connection with the murder of British-American journalist Christopher Allen, who was killed on August 26 by the armed forces of South Sudan while working in the country has been. 2017.

The UN condemns the impunity of the murders of journalists during the civil war in South SudanThe UN condemns the impunity of the murders of journalists during the civil war in South Sudan

When images of Allen’s lifeless body were circulated over the network, high-ranking officials in the South Sudanese government “justified” the murder, Callamard said, calling the journalist “rebellious and criminal,” and accusing him of illegally entering the country.

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