On Friday 23 February 2018 the UN Human Rights Commission released its first report since it was mandated by the Human Rights Council to collect and preserve evidence for use in the Hybrid Court and other accountability mechanisms agreed under the 2015 peace agreement. This report gives an overview of the developments of the human rights situation in South Sudan; it chronicles appalling instances of cruelty against civilians, and provides information on recent incidents in 2016-2017. The Commission concludes that some of these violations may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity. The report also provides an update on developments on transitional justice and puts forward recommendations.
The Commissioners released the Commission’s report in Geneva and Nairobi. On Tuesday 13 March 2018 they will take part in an interactive dialogue on South Sudan in the Human Rights Council in Geneva.
Professor Andrew Clapham has been appointed as a member of the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan, charged with monitoring and assessing the human rights situation in the country. Yasmin Sooka is the Chair of the Commission.
Please click here for the New UN Report on Human Rights in South Sudan (CRP).
Please click here for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights press release.
Please click here for the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan interactive dialogue.