The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat has commended South Sudanese leaders for approving the long-awaited establishment of the AU Hybrid Court for South Sudan.
“Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat welcomes the announcement by the Government of South Sudan approving the establishment of the AU Hybrid Court of South Sudan as per the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan of 2018,” the AU chair noted in a statement.
Chapter 5 of the agreement (R-ARCSS) states that there should be a triple-track approach to achieving accountability, truth, and reconciliation in South Sudan. These include, the Commission for Truth, Reconciliation and Healing (CTRH) and the Compensation and Reparation Authority (CRA).
The African Union hailed the move as a major step towards ending impunity and human rights violations in the country
“In this regard, the Chairperson notes with appreciation that this decision puts an end to the delays in establishing the Court, transitional justice, accountability, reconciliation and healing institutions in order to bring justice and healing to all South Sudanese.”
The AU hopes to cooperate with the unity government to expedite the finalization of the Memorandum of Understanding.
“The African Union Commission looks forward to work with the Government of South Sudan to ensure the finalization and signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on the establishment of the Court at the earliest opportunity.”
The continental body reiterated its firm commitment to work with the people of South Sudan in their pursuit of peace and stability.
“The Chairperson wishes to, once again, reaffirm the African Union’s continued support to the Government and the people of South Sudan in their search for lasting peace and security in South Sudan.”