04 May 2017 - GENEVA (4 May 2017) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Thursday urged the Government of South Sudan to halt any further military offensives towards Aburoc on the west bank of the River Nile in the Upper Nile region. 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.
04 May 2017 - An attack on a United Nations base has been strongly condemned by the head of the UN Mission inSouth Sudan (UNMISS), David Shearer, as being carried out with callous disregard for the lives forcivilians as well as UN and humanitarian workers.
Between 11pm and midnight on Wednesday, the Mission’s Temporary Operating Base (TOB) in Leertown in the former Unity State came under small arms attack from the direction of the nearbyGovernment-held town.
27 Apr 2017 - (Scroll down for audio version)
The warring parties in South Sudan have been urged by the head of the UN Mission in South Sudan, (UNMISS), David Shearer to “stop the suffering they are causing, take responsibility for the lives they have destroyed and to uphold their responsibility to protect civilians” as fighting intensifies once again in the north-eastern Upper Nile region.
25 Apr 2017 - (Scroll down for soundbites with transcripts, plus David Shearer interview ahead of the Security Council briefing)
“No concerted effort” has been made by any of the warring parties in South Sudan to adhere to a ceasefire in the country, instead there has been an escalation in the conflict there, the head of the UN Mission in South Sudan, UNMISS, has said.
23 Apr 2017 - (Scroll down for audio version)
A lack of accountability for crimes perpetrated during the ongoing conflict in South Sudan remains one of the country’s “biggest challenges” the UNMISS Human Rights Director has said.
19 Apr 2017 - The warring parties in South Sudan have been urged by the most senior UN official in the country to show restraint in the face of an escalation in violence and remember their responsibility towards protecting civilians from conflict.
Fresh fighting has broken out between government SPLA and opposition forces in a number of locations including Raga in the west of South Sudan, Waat in Jonglei to the east and in the area of Wunkur and Tonga in the northern Upper Nile region.
07 Apr 2017 - The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), in commemoration of 4 April, “International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action,” presents an online exhibition of 20 mine action images which depict mine action operations and the positive impact on civilians across South Sudan. The photos are currently on display at UN House for the next week and will be shown in other locations in Juba throughout the year.
30 Mar 2017 - The ongoing conflict in South Sudan is affecting food security in some of the country’s more “stable states,” the head of UN peacekeeping in South Sudan, UNMISS, has said.
David Shearer, the UN’s most senior official in the country, was speaking during a visit to Aweil in the north of South Sudan.
30 Mar 2017 - The authorities in Gogrial have been praised by the most senior UN official in South Sudan for closing seven road blocks in the state, a move which has facilitated both trade and enabled humanitarian access.
26 Mar 2017 - (Scroll down for audio version)
The United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan, David Shearer has urged the South Sudanese government to investigate and apprehend the killers of six aid workers on Saturday.