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Activists intimidated, harassed for meeting UNSC team

Author : | Published: Friday, September 9, 2016

The UN Mission in South Sudan says it has received reports of threats and harassment against some civil society members who met with the UN Security Council delegation which recently visited the country.

During its visit, the Security Council delegation met several stakeholders in the country, including officials in the government, the civil society, internally displaced persons, and members of the UN, among others.

The mission did not mention any cases or names of individuals of the civil society, threatened and harassed.

“These reported actions are in violation of the rights to freedom of expression, movement and civil and political engagement, which¬†are fundamental pillars of a democratic society,” UNMISS said in a statement.

It says these are fundamental pillars of a democratic society.

“Any attempt to suppress these rights through threats and harassment must be condemned in no uncertain terms,” it continued.

UNMISS says the platform offered by members of the UN Security Council was an opportunity for an open dialogue to have an understanding of some of the issues and concerns faced by South Sudanese citizens.

The Mission says it will be raising these concerns with all relevant authorities.

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