UN calls for the timely formation of R-TNA

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”

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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.”

CPA urges immediate formation of Parliament

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.