Interactive Dialogue with the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan (A/HRC/40/69)
Item 4: Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention
12 March 2019
Oral Statement by: International Organization for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (EAFORD) and Geneva International Centre for Justice (GICJ)
Thank you Mr. President,
We thank the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan for their latest report; and while we acknowledge the recent developments there is great concern about the overall human rights situation that deeply affects the marginalised and impoverished people in the country. Grave human rights violations and abuses that amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity continue to ravage the country, tear apart communities, and worse still perpetrators at all levels continue to enjoy impunity.
EAFORD and Geneva International Centre for Justice remain deeply concerned about atrocities of targeted sexual and gender-based violence and justice for the victims. As in the Commission’s Report, we welcome the creation of a specialised sexual and gender-based violence court, notwithstanding its functionality and effectiveness that remains of deep concern.
While reconciliation and healing, both physical and psychological, is a monumental challenge it is urgent and necessary for the victims of horrible crimes and serious human rights violations including their families who are seriously affected. Humanitarian and aid workers and many who attend to those who are suffering are in dire need, not only of technical and financial assistance but security as well.
We strongly urge the government of South Sudan to advance, enhanced and steadfast communication with UN Special Procedures and the international community toward reparations and justice for victims. Additionally, we strongly recommend all parties involved in advancing peace efforts to take all necessary measures to include close cooperation and positive engagement with civil society organisations, and the full and effective participation of women and victims of human rights abuses.
In light of this we ask the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan, “what immediate challenges and obstacles exist that restrict access to and inclusion of the most marginalised and affected victims of the conflict in South Sudan?”
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