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March 24, 2018 (JUBA) - The United Nations renewed the mandate of the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan for a period of one year.

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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)

Established in 2016, the Commission has to conduct independent investigations into alleged gross violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes in the war-torn country.

The investigation UN panel which has to provide its findings to the hybrid court for South Sudan, to be established in cooperation with the African Union, submitted its first report on 6 March 2017 and the second on 13 March 2018.

The 37th Human Rights Council session in Geneva concluded on Friday its works with the adoption of a resolution extending the mandate of UN Commission in South Sudan.

Adopted without a vote, the resolution said deeply alarmed by the report of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan, noting that some of the human rights violations may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The United States introduced a resolution on South Sudan that the Council adopted with broad cross-regional support, said the State Department in a statement released on Friday.

"We worked closely with South Sudan, members of the African Group, and other member states to ensure the text was adopted by consensus," said the statement.

Washington further hailed South Sudan’s support for the resolution adding that Juba "reaffirmed its commitment to continue cooperating with the Commission and UN bodies and mechanisms".

South Sudanese, regional and international human rights groups called on the Council members to renew and strengthen the mandate of the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan pointing for the importance of its role to achieve justice and to end impunity.

"The HRC should also strengthen the resolution to make explicit that the mandate of the Commission includes the identification of individual perpetrators, with a view to enable future prosecutions," they further requested.

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  • 24 March 13:53, by Mr Point

    Who are these international groups who are calling for human rights in South Sudan?
    Is it not true that the citizens have given a mandate to the government to carry out any human rights violations necessary until the internal civil war has been won.
    Kiir must defeat his enemies Machar, Malong and Deng Alor by any means he can imagine even if his enemies result from his own paranoid coup fantasies

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    • 24 March 14:27, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      Mr Point,

      You have got it wrong. No one is an enemy of another in South Sudan. Political rivals or opponents are not enemies. What they have is different political ideas of how their country should be run. Mind you the country belongs to all who live in it from their line of ancestry.

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    • 24 March 18:04, by Eastern

      Mr. Point,

      You have got a valid point! Trouble is, South Sudanese are very poor in literary prowess.

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  • 24 March 14:32, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Now the J1 government is trying to play smart by accepting the extension of human rights organisation tenure without a fuss because the world is on its neck. They are only buying time. The court should be established to get them by their tails.

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  • 24 March 17:23, by lino

    Konyo Konyo Regime doesn’t know that documents of their mass grossing human rights violations has been recorded since December, 2013, and now people should wait for the court date and remember, there will be no Obama in the room to save you this time around and no Gen. Malong either!!!

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