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Rights bodies petition AU chief over Hybrid Court for S. Sudan


November 1, 2016 (JUBA) – The African Union Commission (AUC) should prepare a draft statute for the Hybrid Court for South Sudan (HCSS) in consultation with relevant stakeholders and ensure that it is enacted through appropriate legal processes as soon as possible, various rights groups said in an open letter to the continental body.

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Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC)

They urged AUC to immediately establish an evidence preservation mechanism as a precursor to the full operationalization of the HCSS.

“We, the undersigned South Sudanese and international non-governmental organizations, write to share our thoughts with you on the way forward for the Hybrid Court for South Sudan (HCSS),” partly reads the petition addressed to the AUC chairperson, Dlamini Zuma.

It added, “We recognize the efforts made by the African Union Commission (AUC) to date, as outlined in the Draft Project Proposal for Establishment of the Hybrid Court for South Sudan.”

Last year, the AU demanded that a special court will be established to try war crimes suspects in South Sudan, a nation hit by civil war.

The move, the continental body said, was aimed at promoting an "African solution" to the violent conflict in the young nation.

An AU-initiated inquiry in to the conflict also found that both government and rebel forces committed widespread atrocities.

The formation of the Hybrid Court is part of the peace agreement South Sudan President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar signed following intense diplomatic pressure from regional leaders

All the parties to the peace deal, however, formally committed to the establishment of the HCSS “by the AUC to investigate and prosecute individuals bearing criminal responsibility for violations of international law and/or applicable South Sudanese law committed from 15 December 2013 through the end of the transitional period.”

“We would encourage the AUC to solicit input from South Sudanese stakeholders and individuals with technical expertise on the inner workings of international and hybrid tribunals. In addition to providing specific details relating to the court’s location and jurisdiction, the statute should also address matters such as victim and witness protection, public outreach, and the participation of South Sudanese judges and staff,” further reads the open letter to Zuma.

The draft statute, it adds, could be shared with interested parties for input prior to its adoption through appropriate legal mechanisms.

“Once the statute is adopted, the HCSS will then be in a position to recruit staff and develop its Rules of Procedure and Evidence, again with input from relevant stakeholders, so that it becomes fully operational in a timely manner,” says the letter.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed and over two million displaced in South Sudan’s worst-ever outbreak of violence since it seceded from Sudan in 2011.


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  • 2 November 2016 09:08, by Mopedi

    These SS claiming for establishment of hybrid court are seemingly shortsighted, peace is dead,govt non existence rebels every where in the country what will this institution do here,does this hybrid court use its constitution to stop bullets,genocide, and democide going on here? 12000 UN peacekeeping forces is being paid for being presence in SS the money suppose to build roads ,schools,hospital-

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    • 2 November 2016 23:04, by Wani khooto

      you are so stupid and you are among those who enjoy the suffering of South Sudanese.imagine if kirr is ousted out as you want, don’t you know that Kiir can go to the bush and form another rebellion and that will be cycle of war after war, why don’t you and your grps come back and vote rather than bullet and you will see Kiir leaving and this what we call democracy

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  • 2 November 2016 09:15, by Mopedi

    The only solution to SS war is Kiir’s regime be ousted out good democratic governance be established,constitution be in place an accountable patriotic and visionary leaders come up then Kiir will be nominated to head SS white house if he want then we shall relatively peace dividend,remember no any country want to bring peace here better we fight our selves and agree ourselves

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  • 2 November 2016 12:39, by nobets wanis

    South africa is a rich country as a newsreporter reporting from sandton city booming business going on brand new hotels apperaing sandton city a rich metroplolis we learn from great zimbabwe civilisation and now legend nelson mandela south should learn from the legacy of john garang and start a new legacy under 2011 the african union with ethopia help must bring peace to south sudan

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