(United Nations) – During its informal consultations on 21 March 2017, the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 2206 (2015) concerning South Sudan was briefed by Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, and Zainab Hawa Bangura, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict. Ms. Zerrougui, who last briefed the Committee in March 2016, noted inter alia that the security situation in South Sudan continued to deteriorate, exacerbating an environment already conducive to grave violations against children and that children have been victims and witnesses of the most appalling violations.  These violations included large-scale child recruitment and use, the targeting of civilians (including children) on the basis of ethnic identity by means of killing, abduction, unlawful deprivation of liberty, rape, sexual violence, burning of villages and looting, as well as the denial of humanitarian access.