UN’s office for Prevention of Genocide welcomes the establishment of the Hybrid Court in South Sudan
The United Nations’ Office for the Prevention of Genocide this week welcomes the decision made by the government of South Sudan to speed the establishment of the Africa Union Hybrid Court in the country, read a document seen by Ramciel.
A statement released by the office of Alice Nderitu, Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide “welcome moves by the government of South Sudan to establish transitional justice institutions” to hold accountable the perpetrators of the war crimes in the country.
“The United Nations Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide, Alice Wairimu Nderitu, welcomed the Government of South Sudan’s approval to establish transitional justice mechanisms, including the Africa Union Hybrid Court for South Sudan,” read part of the statement.
The move is enshrined in the R-ARCSS, an important part of the agreement.
The decision is translating as a crucial step towards accountability for heinous crimes includes human rights violations and several other atrocities committed since December 2013 when the civil war broke out.
Alice said the decision is “an important initial step towards justice and accountability for the many victims who have suffered brutal crimes” during the conflict in South Sudan.
Chapter V of the R-ARCSS outlined an immediate need to established a court of justice to put on trial those who committed the war crimes.
Alice’s office call upon the Government of South Sudan and the African Union “to work collaboratively with other initiatives that promote accountability, including the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan established by the Human Rights Council” which are crucial to achieved justice.