UN calls on South Sudan’s warring-peace partners to implement peace deal

Oct 07, 2020(Nyamilepedia) — The United Nations’ Commission on Human Rights calls on the South sudan’s incomplete government to implement the R-ARCSS, reconstitute a legitimate parliament of the Revitalized Transitional National Legislative Assembly and establish State governments

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and H.E. Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson, African Union Commission Signing of Joint UN-AU Framework for Enhancing Partnership on Peace and Security (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and H.E. Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson, African Union Commission Signing of Joint UN-AU Framework for Enhancing Partnership on Peace and Security (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

In a report seen by Nyamilepedia, the UN calls on the leaders to Expedite the enactment of legislation and establishment of the Commission on Truth, Reconciliation and Healing, Hybrid Court for South Sudan, and Compensation and Reparation Authority in accordance with Chapter V of the R-ARCSS.

The Commission further recommends for transitional justice to be pursued as an integral, rather than a secondary, component of peacebuilding and development in South Sudan including by ensuring appropriate allocation of adequate resources for operationalisation of the Commission on Truth, Reconciliation and Healing, Hybrid Court for South Sudan, and Compensation and Reparation Authority.

According to the report, the government should issue a public report to the citizens of South Sudan indicating the steps it has taken so far with regard to implementation of Chapter V of the R-ARCSS and also outlining any obstacles resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and measures it is taking or intends to take to mitigate identified challenges

The government should “Issue a public report to the citizens of South Sudan, indicating the steps it has taken so far, with regard to implementation of Chapter V of the R-ARCSS, and outlining any obstacles resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, and measures it is taking or intends to take to mitigate identified challenges”

The commission also calls for inclusiveness and honest implementation of these protocols.

“… as well as Initiate deliberate measures to ensure broad and inclusive public, victims’, and civil society participation in the conceptualisation, implementation, and monitoring of transitional justice processes, including the selection of Commissioners to the Compensation and Reparation Authority” read part of the UN Report.

The report also recommends for the investigation and prosecution of State security officers and other actors responsible for violations of fundamental freedoms and rights to information, expression, association and assembly and suppression of civic space and Allocation of at least 1 per cent of oil revenues to reparations, alongside other non-monetary measures to promote a broad approach to reparation, including compensation, restitution, rehabilitation, symbolic measures, and guarantees of non-repetition.

Chapter V of the Revitalised Agreement on Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan provides a pathway to building sustainable peace based on the recognition that it can only be achieved through accountability for serious international crimes, truth recovery about the past violations and the underlying structural causes of political violence, as well as the restoration of dignity to South Sudanese citizens.

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