The United Nations says, there should not be any forced returns of refugees to South Sudan at the moment, unless security, the rule of law, and human rights conditions improve in the young state
At a news briefing in Geneva on Friday, the UNHCR spokesperson, Melissa Fleming, said States should refrain from returning South Sudanese to the country unless cases involve people who may have committed serious human right violations.
“UNHCR’s advisory against forced returns to South Sudan remains in effect until security, rule of law and the human rights conditions improve enough to allow for safe and dignified returns,” she said.
Meanwhile, the UN Security Council has called for fully inclusive talks to end the crisis, in which thousands of people are believed to have been killed and some 870,000 others have been driven from their homes, 738,000 of them internally displaced, since fighting broke out on 15 December between the forces of President Salva Kiir and deputy president Riek Machar.
Talks are currently underway in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, mediated by led by the regional Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).