IYA’s Statement on the Expansion of the mandate of South Sudan Rights Monitoring Body

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26th March, 2017(Kampala)-The International Youth for Africa (IYA) welcomes the expansion of South Sudan Human Rights Monitoring body by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). On Friday the UNHRC expanded the mandate of a three-member monitoring and advisory body on transitional justice and accountability issues in South Sudan and ordered to provide its findings also to the African Union hybrid court.

The IYA urges Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan to speed-up the establishment of Hybrid Court for South Sudan in order to investigate and prosecute individuals bearing the responsibility for violations of international and South Sudan laws. IYA strongly believes that no concrete peace will be achieved in South Sudan unless the African Union and United Nations Human Rights Council establish a credible and independent Hybrid Court to hold South Sudan kleptocrats and war criminals responsible for perpetuating blood bath to maintain status quo. According to Chapter V of South Sudan Peace Agreement establishment of three key institutions – the Commission for Truth, Reconciliation and Healing (CTRH), the Hybrid Court for South Sudan (HCSS) and the Compensation and Reparations Authority (CRA) – to help combat impunity and address the root causes of the conflict are basic fundamental for ARCISS to hold. More than 17 months have elapsed since the signing of the Agreement and there has been, at least until recently, only limited or no progress in the establishment of these institutions.

As human rights body, IYA calls on the UN Security Council to impose an immediate arms embargo on South Sudan.  This will help reduce unlawful attacks on civilians and flow of firearms. It will also send a strong message that the international community will not enable fighters, who have shown a complete disregard for the laws of war, easy access to weapons and ammunition so they can rearm and commit further abuses.

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