US disappointed over $3.7 million S. Sudan gov’t deal aimed at evading justice
April 29th 2019.(Nyamilepedia) – The United States government said on Monday that it is disappointed with a $3.7 million deal between South Sudan government and American lobbying firm aimed at evading the establishment of Hybrid Court.
Early this month, a US lobby firm said it has been hired by South Sudan’s government through the office of the President to try to convince the United States to block the establishment of the Hybrid Court that is aimed at trying war criminals during South Sudan’s conflict.
The R-ARCSS provides for the establishment of the Hybrid Court for South Sudan (HCSS), as one among other transitional justice mechanisms.
Speaking to reporters on Monday, US ambassador to Juba Thomas Hushek said he is disturbed by the development over the attempt by the government to try to do away with part of the revitalized agreement in order to evade justice.
“This, to me, is very disturbing because this is a commitment made in the peace agreement. The hybrid court is part and parcel of chapter five of the peace agreement,” Hushek told reporters in Juba on Monday.
He says the hybrid court and other transitional justice mechanisms have been agreed upon by all the parties and that it is disappointing that the incumbent government is seeking to obstruct its establishment.
“I was very disappointed to see that the government is actually hiring a lobbyist to try to block that part of the agreement,” he added.