South Sudan, Egypt and Sri Lanka require the Council’s attention. Oral statement to the 26th session of the UN Human Rights Council
Thousands of civilians have died and over a million have been displaced in the past six months of conflict in South Sudan. Amnesty International has documented atrocities committed by both government and opposition forces. The inauguration of a new president in Egypt does not wipe clean the country’s human rights record. Since July 2013, over 1,400 people have died in protests and political violence. The Human Rights Council must be alert and responsive to deteriorating human rights conditions in Sri Lanka, particularly increasing violence against religious minorities committed with impunity.