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Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan


MANDATE

The Human Rights Council established the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan through resolution 31/20 of 23 March 2016.

The Commission is mandated for a period of one year to:

  • monitor and report on the situation of human rights in South Sudan and make recommendations for its improvement;
  • assess past reports on the situation of human rights since December 2013 ?in order to establish a factual basis for transitional justice and reconciliation;
  • provide guidance on transitional justice, accountability, reconciliation and healing, as appropriate, and — once the transitional Government of national unity is fully formed, operational and commits to ending the violence against the civilian population and to cooperating with the hybrid court for South Sudan — to make recommendations on technical ?assistance to the transitional Government of national unity to support transitional justice, accountability, reconciliation and healing;
  • engage with other international and regional ?mechanisms, including the United Nations, the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, the African Union and its African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission Chair and civil society, with a view to providing support to national, regional and international efforts to promote accountability for human rights violations and abuses;

The Commission is requested to:

  • present a comprehensive written report, in an interactive dialogue, to the Human Rights Council at its thirty-fourth session;
  • submit its reports to the Human Rights Council and then share them with the General Assembly and the African Union

MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION

Commissioners:

The Commissioners are not United Nations staff; they are not remunerated, and serve in their independent personal expert capacity.


DOCUMENTATION

A/HRC/34/63 - Report of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan

A/HRC/RES/31/20 – Resolution adopted by the Human Rights Council on 23 March 2016 on the Situation of human rights in South Sudan.


PRESS RELEASES

UN human rights experts call for crimes in South Sudan conflict to be investigated by independent international body
17 February 2017

South Sudan: Senior UN human rights official condemns deplorable rights situation, calls for perpetrators to be held to account
17 February 2017

South Sudan: Continued impunity following grave human rights violations in July 2016
16 January 2017 

UN Experts call for UN special investigation into epic levels of sexual violence in South Sudan
2 December 2016

UN human rights experts says international community has an obligation to prevent ethnic cleansing in South Sudan
1 December 2016

UN human rights expert group to visit South Sudan, Kenya and Ethiopia
18 November 2016 

Human rights expert group concludes first visit to South Sudan
16 September 2016

HRC-mandated Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan begins operations
22 July 2016

President of Human Rights Council appoints members of monitoring mission on South Sudan
14 June 2016


STATEMENTS

Speech of the Chair of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan to the Human Rights Council
14 March 2017

Statement by Yasmin Sooka, Chair of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan at the 26th Special Session of the UN Human Rights Council
14 December 2016
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