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  The international community urgently needs to pay more attention to the escalating violence raging at the local level across South Sudan UN appointed human rights experts warned during a visit to New York that concluded yesterday In meetings with UN officials here we try to get the message across that it is critical that donors and member states continue to monitor the peace agreement security sector reform and ensure constitutional legislation is passed before the elections said Yasmin Sooka president of the UN Human Rights Commission in South Sudan Without these steps we are likely to see millions more South Sudanese displaced or crossing borders creating havoc for neighboring countries and aid agencies she added On August 4 2022 the parties to the 2018 Revitalized Peace Agreement for South Sudan signed a further two year extension of the transitional governance arrangements postponing the elections until the end of 2024 From now on the form of the electoral system remains undefined In addition elections require a conducive environment but South Sudanese who have questioned the government or exposed atrocities have received death threats been detained or tortured and political space is shrinking The Peace Agreement included a national consultation process on the establishment of the Truth Reconciliation and Healing Commission The consultations were held in mid 2022 but excluded millions of refugees who had fled in fear for their lives along with much of the country including areas under opposition control In fact after four years none of the three proposed transitional justice bodies have come into existence the Truth Reconciliation and Healing Commission the Hybrid Court or the Compensation and Reparation Authority You can t exclude the vast numbers of people who have suffered from having a say in the future justice system You can t choose between the different transitional justice bodies either they all have to work together to bring closure to the people of South Sudan Commissioner Barney Afako said In the meantime the government must offer temporary reparations to survivors whose lives have been shattered he added While in New York the Commissioners also spoke at a Global Survivors Forum hosted by Nobel Peace Prize winners Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad which examined best practices for sexual violence reparations Survivors in South Sudan particularly those of repeated incidents of sexual violence tell us over and over again that criminal responsibility is the only way to ensure their security and peace for the country said Commissioner Andrew Clapham That is why establishing the Hybrid Court is non negotiable
United Nations (UN) experts warn that the South Sudan peace process needs urgent attention to avoid an escalation of violence

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The international community urgently needs to pay more attention to the escalating violence raging at the local level across South Sudan, UN-appointed human rights experts warned during a visit to New York that concluded yesterday.

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“In meetings with UN officials here, we try to get the message across that it is critical that donors and member states continue to monitor the peace agreement, security sector reform and ensure constitutional legislation is passed.

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before the elections,” said Yasmin Sooka, president.

of the UN Human Rights Commission in South Sudan.

“Without these steps, we are likely to see millions more South Sudanese displaced or crossing borders, creating havoc for neighboring countries and aid agencies,” she added.

On August 4, 2022, the parties to the 2018 Revitalized Peace Agreement for South Sudan signed a further two-year extension of the transitional governance arrangements, postponing the elections until the end of 2024.

From now on, the form of the electoral system remains undefined.

In addition, elections require a conducive environment, but South Sudanese who have questioned the government or exposed atrocities have received death threats, been detained or tortured, and political space is shrinking.

The Peace Agreement included a national consultation process on the establishment of the Truth, Reconciliation and Healing Commission.

The consultations were held in mid-2022 but excluded millions of refugees who had fled in fear for their lives, along with much of the country, including areas under opposition control.

In fact, after four years, none of the three proposed transitional justice bodies have come into existence: the Truth, Reconciliation and Healing Commission, the Hybrid Court or the Compensation and Reparation Authority.

“You can’t exclude the vast numbers of people who have suffered from having a say in the future justice system.

You can’t choose between the different transitional justice bodies either – they all have to work together to bring closure to the people of South Sudan,” Commissioner Barney Afako said.

“In the meantime, the government must offer temporary reparations to survivors whose lives have been shattered,” he added.

While in New York, the Commissioners also spoke at a Global Survivors Forum hosted by Nobel Peace Prize winners Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad, which examined best practices for sexual violence reparations.

“Survivors in South Sudan, particularly those of repeated incidents of sexual violence, tell us over and over again that criminal responsibility is the only way to ensure their security and peace for the country,” said Commissioner Andrew Clapham.

“That is why establishing the Hybrid Court is non-negotiable.”

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