United Nations human rights experts say staggering levels of violence continue in South Sudan.

In their latest report to the UN Human Rights Council, the experts say the last few months have seen an intensification of violence, with hundreds of civilians killed or displaced.

The UN experts say many fighters have increasingly sophisticated weapons, suggesting the involvement of the state, or even of external forces.

Despite having a government of national unity, horrific violence at regional levels still continues in South Sudan with armed militias divided along ethnic lines.

This has seen villages being burnt, women and girls abducted and raped and boys forcibly recruited as child soldiers.

The UN report calls on the national government to make a genuine effort to restore stability which include bringing those who have committed atrocities to justice.

After two years of delay, South Sudan’s government last month agreed to establish a hybrid court to prosecute human rights violations.