July 15, 2020 (Thessherald)–The Center for Peace and Advocacy, a Juba-based human rights group, calls on the Parties to speed up the formation of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly as a matter of urgency.
“The Center for Peace and Advocacy (CPA) is deeply concerned about the Parties’ delay in reconstituting the national parliament. The parties to the R-ARCSS have continued to sadly drag their feet on the implementation of the peace agreement,” the group said in its statement.
“The Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCCS) Chapter I, Article 1.18.1 states that, there has to be a Pre-Transitional National Constitutional Amendment Committee (NCAC) that was to be formed at the signing of the agreement. This committee was mandated to draft and complete a Constitutional Amendment Bill within 21 days of the signature of the agreement. Lamentably, this has not happened, almost two years after the signing of the agreement.”
“This same committee was tasked with reviewing of the relevant national security legislations like the SPLA Act, 2009; National Security Service Act, 2014; the Police Service Act, 2009 and among other legislations. All these were to be done during the Pre-Transitional Period.”
The Center for Peace calls on the parties to demonstrate political will in implementing peace agreement in letter and spirit.
“The Constitutional Amendment Committee is as important as the security arrangement, these two lay the foundation of a -would -be peaceful South Sudan, just as their absence means setting back the country to its bleak and dark path.”
South Sudan leaders continue to face increasing pressure from the international community to implement all provisions of the peace agreement.