Dialogue And Research Initiative Calls For Justice And Accountability

Dialogue and Research Initiative (DRI), a core member of the transitional Justice operating in South Sudan, conducted a series of community trainings in Unity State and Bentiu POC’s respectively.

Dialogue And Research Initiative Calls For Justice And Accountability
Women pose for a group photo after the training [Photo credit/Salah Lumumba]

By Salah Lumumba

JUBA, 28 November 2017 [Gurtong]-The objective of these trainings was to promote an understanding of the community leaders, civil society organizations, faith based groups, women and youth about the processes and concepts of transitional Justice, as well as sustainable peaceful coexistence and support to victims in the States.

The trainings also explored ways for communities to participate in Commission for Truth Reconciliation and Healing (CTR), Hybrid Court for South Sudan (HCSS) and Compensation and Reparation (CRA) and offer efforts for victims and communities to achieve justice, reparation, and reconciliation.
 
During the workshop, participants were able to discuss both formal and non-formal legal and reconciliation mechanisms in Bentiu and in the POCs, how to promote victim centred transitional justice, peace reconciliation and healing, referral pathways, gender mainstreaming and role of women in peacebuilding and access to justice prosecution of perpetrators of conflict in Unity State as well as in South Sudan.

The Program Coordinator of Dialogue and Research Initiative (DRI), Mr. Salah Lumumba, during the trainings informed  the participants that, chapter 5 of the 2015 peace Agreement on Resolution of conflict in South Sudan(ARCISS) calls for Transitional Justice, Accountability, Reconciliation and Healing and it strongly recommended for the formation of the three institutions of the transitional justice which are;

•    Commission for Truth Reconciliation and Healing (CTRH)

•    Hybrid Court for South Sudan (HCSS) and

•    Compensation and Reparation Authority.

He said these institutions are to address atrocities committed as well as bring perpetrators to face the Law, address human rights violations and other violations committed during the conflict and, compensations of victims plus reparation of victims.

Salah advised the participants to stop being used by both warring parties, stating that communities should concentrate on economical developmental projects.

“I call upon the government and opposition to allow civil society organizations to continue with similar trainings in all communities in south Sudan.” Said Salah.

The participants came up with the below series of recommendations:

•    Establishment of HCSS: Recommended that Hybrid Court for south Sudan (HCSS) be established to serve as a deterrent to perpetrators of human rights violations and violations of international humanitarian law in Unity State.

•    CTRH: Commission for Truth Reconciliation and Healing in South Sudan be expanded to state and provide a platform for victim’s voices in Unity State.

•    CRA: Compensation and Reparation Authority to be established to address victims needs in Unity State and other population centers across the South Sudan.

•    DRI to continue facilitating the same trainings to all the communities in Unity Stateas well as encourage DRI to continue facilitating peace building initiatives at the grassroots level.

•    Stop the war: The community recommended that both Government and Oppositions should stop waging war and instigation conflict among the communities in country so that victims can experience peace and participate freely in the (HCSS, CRA and CTRH), process as in Rwanda, Serra Leone, Liberia, South Africa and traditional tribunal courts in Unity State.

•    Restorative Justice: The community leader urged actors to enhance women empowerment in peace building and reconciliations, justice and other restorative Justice mechanism in Unity State.

•    Community Exchange: The community recommended DRI to established contact between outside communities and POCs to conduct a joint training for community’s leaders in PoC and Bentiu town. This will promotes people (P2P) people dialogues and exchanges in relations to transitional justice, reconciliation and healing in Unity State.

The trainings were organized by Dialogue and Research Initiative (DRI) with support from UNDP.

 

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