South Sudan police assault UN human rights director

August 26, 2011 01:30

JUBA - A group of South Sudanese police officers assaulted the human rights director of the United Nations mission in the country last week, sources and internal documents said on Thursday.

They said 10 to 14 police officers slapped, kicked and beat Benedict Sannoh, a West African, at Juba's South Sudan hotel on Saturday morning after he refused to let them examine his personal belongings, according to several UN sources.

He was then put into a vehicle and "forced to sit while other police (kicked) him," according to an internal UN security document seen by Reuters.

South Sudan won independence from Sudan on July 9 following a January referendum agreed under a 2005 ceasefire which ended decades of civil war.

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