High-level UN delegation visits South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia

UN human rights commissioner Yasmin Sooko (File/supplied/Nyamilepedia)

August 20th 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – A High-level delegation of United Nations officials from the body’s Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan began their seventh field visit to South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia on August 19, 2019.

According to the UN Commission on Human Rights, the high-level mission which began yesterday August 19th will ends 20th August is headed by Yasmin Sooka, the chairperson, Andrew Clapham, Human Rights Lawyer, and Barney Afako, an expert on transitional justice.

They are expected to meet Government officials, including key ministers, members of civil society, religious leaders, diplomats and UN agencies and staff of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), including the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of United Nations Mission in South Sudan, David Shearer, to discuss the current human rights situation in the country,” the UN Commission on Human Rights said.

The UN delegation is expected to visit various UN camps and brief the Human Rights Council on the security situation in the country.

The Commission will present an oral update on the human rights situation in South Sudan to the Human Rights Council on 16 September 2019. The Commissioners also intend to visit camps and settlements for internally displaced persons across the country, including UNMISS Protection of Civilian (PoC) sites, to meet the people living there, community leaders and civil society organizations, including women organizations,” the statement said.

During their visit, the UN team will visit different refugee-hosting camps in East Africa and engage with new refugee arrivals. “From 25 to 29 August 2019, the Commissioners will separately visit Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya, where they will engage with refugees who have been recently displaced from South Sudan” the UN explained.

In Ethiopia, they will hold meetings with African Union leaders, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), senior UN officials, as well as other members of the international community.

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