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UNHRC expands mandate of South Sudan human rights monitoring body


March 24, 2017 (JUBA) - The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Friday expanded the mandate of a three-member monitoring and advisory body on transitional justice and accountability issues in South Sudan and ordered to provide its findings also to the African Union hybrid court.

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A general view of participants during the 29th Regular Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva on 3 July 2015 - (UN Photo)

On 23 March 2016, the Council decided to establish, for a period of one year, the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan to monitor and report on the situation of human rights in South Sudan.

The three-member body had initially to provide guidance to the Government of South Sudan on transitional justice, accountability and reconciliation issues. Also, it has to engage with international and regional mechanisms to promote accountability for human rights violations and abuses.

However, the human rights body on Friday decided to extend its mandate for one year and expand the mandate of the Commission to make its findings available to the African Union hybrid court for South Sudan, once it is established.

It also decided that it has to “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.”

Since last year, UN officials have accused the South Sudanese government troops of committing war crimes and atrocities against civilians caught up in the country’s civil war.

South Sudanese government has denied the accusations, but aid workers and UN officials continue to receive counts of murder, torture and rape from refugees and IDPs.

In a short statement issued on Friday Human Right Watch welcomed the decision and described it as a "positive move".

"The council has taken a significant step toward justice for deliberate killings, mass rape, torture, and other abuses in South Sudan by authorising the commission to collect and preserve evidence of the crimes," said Laila Matar, the UN advocate at Human Rights Watch.

Matar further said the expansion of mandate "can bolster prosecutions by the proposed African Union hybrid court, which should be urgently established".

The situation in South Sudan will be discussed at the council in September, and the commission will present a comprehensive report to the council in March 2018.

The Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan is composed of Ms Yasmin Sooka (South Africa), Mr Kenneth R. Scott (USA) and Mr Godfrey M. Musila (Kenya). Sooka serves as Chair of the commission.


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  • 25 March 2017 21:04, by Kuch

    There are some criminals in that damn UN who seems to be enjoying themselves about things to do with South Sudan and the South Sudanese people. But we keep warning the criminals to get themselves out of our backs in peace, but our warnings are often ignored. The criminals have pushed our country and our people too far, but when we snap later. Then that damn UN will forever be the same UN again>>>

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    • 25 March 2017 21:13, by Kuch

      Here in South Sudan, we have never ever been fans of any evil on earth who thinks he/she can stand over our necks, never. But our cowards leaders are going to let the white people pee into our throats through their damn UN. We keep telling the cowards to let us bomb the damn UN, UNIMISS project and everything that is connected to evil corporate America, British people, their evil juus and some of>

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      • 25 March 2017 21:18, by Kuch

        their other criminals in between out of our country. But our country think, the US, the UK, their UN and their creepy agencies are just going to away out our back without bloods. We keep telling the fools that white people are like Arabs, they believe through their eyes. Because we are not killing the evils like in Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and other countries; then they think we like them

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        • 25 March 2017 21:23, by Kuch

          We just want round up the damn criminals in the UN and UNIMISS and all the evil white Americans, the white British, their evil juus and some other criminals in between we don’t like, killed the criminals and throw them into the Nile to show the evil white Americans, British, their evil juus and some of their criminals in between the absolute contempt we have towards white people>>>

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          • 25 March 2017 21:28, by Kuch

            The US, the UK, France and some of their other criminals in between think; they can their damn UN, humanitarian aid, donations, peacekeeping and their so-called human rights business scams as their 21s century neo-colonialism tool. But the criminals are playing with the wrong country and the wrong people. This is South Sudan fellows. A lot of bloody noses fellows>>>

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            • 25 March 2017 21:34, by Kuch

              Let the US, the UK, the UN, their sleazy NGOs and their creepy agencies go and play their dirty and cheap intrigues Middle East, West Africa, Central Africa or South American countries where they often change their elected governments like they are changing their under wears. Because here in South Sudan, those dirty intrigues are not going to fly under the sun fellows>>>

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              • 25 March 2017 21:39, by Kuch

                The US, the UK, their UN and their sleazy NGOs love affair with our country and our people has gone too far and we are going to put a full stop. The criminals think, that they can be our new masters after the so-called cloned arabs of North Sudan through their damn UN, aid, peacekeeping and their human rights business lies and lies. What do the evil really think they are to our country?>>>

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                • 25 March 2017 21:45, by Kuch

                  The hyenas have destroyed the countries like Ukraine, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Central Africa republic (CAR) and other countries. But their most prized country to be destroyed in Africa and to be plundered is South Sudan, good luck to them. That is not going to happen under the sun, watch this space fellows>>>

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                  • 25 March 2017 21:51, by Kuch

                    There are many hungry people Darfur, Southern Khardupan, Southern Blue Nile, Eastern North Sudan, ethiopia, Somalia, Northern Kenya, Congo, CAR and other countries. But the South Sudan and the South Sudanese people hunger is more important to these hyenas in the UN and sleazy NGOs. They even encouraged the Nuers and some Equatorians to remain in these so-called UN compounds and they will be given>

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                    • 25 March 2017 21:58, by Kuch

                      free UN food rations and then some of these Nuers and Equatorians are going to be used by the US, the UK, the UN and their creepy NGOs and agencies as their blackmails and bargaining chips to crawl their evil selves into our country. And the fools think, that we don’t know all these dirty intrigues. Careful folks, Get off our back in peace. We are way well ahead of these dirty game of yours folks.

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