Oct 7, 2020 (Thessherald)–The UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan has released a report, calling for the timely formation of the Reconstituted Transitional National Legislative ASSEMBLY, a pending task in the implementation of the peace deal.
The Commission calls on South Sudanese leaders that to “Take immediate steps to remedy persistent and undue delays in implementation of the R-ARCSS, including reconstitution of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly and establishment of State governments, to facilitate enactment of legislation and a conducive environment for initiation of transitional justice processes in South Sudan.”
The Commission recommends 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 United Nations urged the Parties to consider transitional justice as an integral part of peacebuilding efforts.
“The Parties should ensure that transitional justice is 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”UN
The UN report recommends that the parties 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 UN Commission on Human Rights called upon the leaders to ensure that a focal point is formed in the R-TGoNU to oversee implementation of Chapter V of the R-ARCSS and transitional justice processes in South Sudan.
The report seen by The South Sudan Herald urged the Reconstituted Transitional Government of National Unity to “investigate and prosecute 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.”