UN Human Rights Experts Conduct Field Visit In South Sudan

Members of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights for South Sudan on Monday began their fifth field mission to South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Sudan and Ethiopia discussing human rights situation.

By Ojwe Lumara

JUBA, 21 August 2018 [Gurtong]-
The mission that started on August 20th will end on August 31st the United Nations Mission in South Sudan said in a statement. The delegates led by Yasmin Sooka the Chairperson of the Commission include Andrew Clapham and Barney Afako.

While in South Sudan, the human rights experts are expected to meet Government officials including the First Vice President and key ministers.  They will also meet the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in South Sudan, David Shearer, diplomats, staff of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and UN Agencies, members of civil society, and religious leaders to discuss the current human rights situation in the country.
 
“The Commissioners also intend to visit camps for internally displaced persons across the country, including UNMISS Protection of Civilian (PoC) sites, to meet the people living there, community leaders and civil society organizations,” the statement said.

From 25 to 29 August 2018, the Commissioners will separately visit Uganda, Sudan and Kenya, where they will visit refugee camps and settlements along the South Sudanese border. The Commissioners will conclude their mission in Ethiopia on 30 and 31 August holding meetings with African Union leaders, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), senior UN officials, as well as other members of the international community.

The Commission is an independent body mandated by the UN Human Rights Council to, among other things; determine and report the facts and circumstances of, collect and preserve evidence of, and clarify responsibility for alleged gross violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes, including sexual and gender-based violence and ethnic violence, with a view to ending impunity and providing accountability.

The Commission will present an oral update on the human rights situation in South Sudan to the Human Rights Council on 17 September 2018 and a comprehensive written report in March 2019.

In December 2017, UN human rights experts led by Yasmin Sooka called for perpetrators of widespread human rights violations in South Sudan to be brought to justice.

Since the start of the current conflict in South Sudan, gross human rights violations continue to be committed by all parties to the conflict, in which civilians are bearing the brunt.



 

 

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