Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan

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The Human Rights Council established the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan for a one-year term on 23 March 2016 by resolution 31/20 and subsequently extended its mandate for an additional year in 2017 (through resolution 34/25), in 2018 (through resolution 37/31) and 2019 (through resolution 40/19), with its current term due to expire in March 2020.

The Commission presented its first report to the Human Rights Council in March 2017, which was followed by an interactive discussion with States. At that point the Commission was comprised of Yasmin Sooka (South Africa), Godfrey Musila (Kenya) and Ken Scott (USA). 

Currently the members of the Commission are Yasmin Sooka (Chairperson, South Africa), Andrew Clapham (UK and Switzerland) and Barney Afako (Uganda).

The Commission's mandate is to determine and report the facts and circumstances of, collect and preserve evidence of, and clarify responsibility for alleged gross violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes, including sexual and gender-based violence and ethnic violence, with a view to ending impunity and providing accountability.



Mandate

  • To monitor and report on the situation of human rights in South Sudan, and to make recommendations to prevent further deterioration of the situation with a view to its improvement. 
  •  To determine and report the facts and circumstances of, collect and preserve evidence of, and clarify responsibility for alleged gross violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes, including sexual and gender-based violence and ethnic violence, with a view to ending impunity and providing accountability, and to make such information available also to all transitional justice mechanisms, including those to be established pursuant to chapter V of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan, including the hybrid court for South Sudan, once established in cooperation with the African Union; 
  • To report on the factual basis for transitional justice and reconciliation;
  • To provide guidance on transitional justice, including accountability and reconciliation and healing, as appropriate, and – once the Government of South Sudan commits to cooperating with the African Union on establishing the hybrid court for South Sudan – to make recommendations on technical assistance to the Government to support accountability, reconciliation and healing;
  • To engage with the Government of South Sudan, international and regional mechanisms, including the United Nations, the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, the African Union, including by building upon the work of its Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan and its African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, including the Partners Forum, the Chair of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission and civil society, with a view to providing support to national, regional and international efforts to promote accountability for human rights violations and abuses;
  • To make recommendations on technical assistance and capacity-building, as appropriate, including to law enforcement institutions, on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms, including on addressing sexual and gender-based violence.

Call for Submissions

Public hearings

Members

Current Commissioners:

Former Commissioners:

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

Documentation

Prosecuting Sexual and Gender-Based Crimes in South Sudan: working session on strategies for evidence collection, Addis Ababa – 4-5 March 2019

A/HRC/40/69 - Report of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan – 20 February 2019

A/HRC/40/CRP.1 - Conference Room Paper of the Report – 20 February 2019

Audio of press conference for the launch of the report

A/HRC/37/71 - Report of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan

A/HRC/37/CRP.2 - Conference Room Paper of the Report of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan

A/HRC/RES/34/25 - Resolution adopted by the Human Rights Council on 24 March 2017 on the Situation of human rights in South Sudan.

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

Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan appeals for international support for peace process or risk plunging the country back into full-scale conflict
16 September 2019
English

UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan: Localization of conflict and unaddressed community grievances serve as barriers to sustainable peace
23 August 2019
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UN Commission on Human Rights begin 7th field mission to South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia
19 August 2019
English

South Sudanese individuals can be prosecuted for war crimes and crimes against humanity even in other countries, say UN human rights experts
12 March 2019
English

Prosecuting sexual and gender-based crimes in South Sudan challenging but is essential for peace
5 March 2019
English

Prosecuting Sexual and Gender-Based Crimes in South Sudan: UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan working session on strategies for evidence collection, Addis Ababa – 4-5 March 2019
1 March 2019
English

Outraged by renewed fighting and continuing human rights violations in South Sudan, UN Human Rights Experts urge all parties to stop conflict, end impunity and respect provisions of the revitalized peace agreement
20 February 2019
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UN human rights experts say South Sudan leaders should seize the opportunity of the revitalized peace process to ensure accountability and help victims of the conflict rebuild their lives
14 December 2018
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UN human rights expert group to begin 16-day visit South Sudan, Sudan, Ethiopia and Uganda
2 December 2018
English

Commission on Human Rights Urges South Sudan to make peace and justice a reality
17 September 2018
English

Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan calls for more justice after Terrain verdict
7 September 2018
English

UN human rights expert group begin 12-day visit South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Sudan and Ethiopia
20 August 2018
English

Human Rights Council President appoints Barney Afako of Uganda as new member of South Sudan body
14 June 2018
English

UN Human Rights Commission collects evidence to hold more than 40 South Sudanese officials accountable for war crimes and crimes against humanity
23 February 2018
English

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Statements

Statement on behalf of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan by Yasmin Sooka, Chairperson of the Commission, on the Agreement to extend the pre-transitional period of the revitalised agreement on the resolution of the conflict in South Sudan
8 November 2019

Statement of the Chairperson and Members of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan, at the 42nd Human Rights Council session
16 September 2019

Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan: Statement to the media, Juba
23 August 2019

Statement of Ms. Yasmin Sooka, Chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan, at 40th Human Rights Council session
12 March 2019

Statement to the media in Nairobi & Geneva
20 February 2019

Opening Remarks by Chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan at Press Conference
7 December 2018

Statement by Ms. Yasmin Sooka, Chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan at 39th Human Rights Council session
17 September 2018

Opening Remarks at Press Conference by the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan
23 August 2018

Statement of Ms. Yasmin Sooka, Chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan, at 37th Human Rights Council session
13 March 2018

Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan - Mission to South Sudan and Ethiopia (4 to 15 September 2017)
20 September 2017

Statement of Ms. Yasmin Sooka – chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan at the 36th session of the Human Rights Council
18 September 2017

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

Feature Stories

South Sudan: Possible war crimes and crimes against humanity
UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan calls for reparations for victims of human rights violations in the ongoing conflict.
23 February 2018
Human Rights Commission for South Sudan calls for end of impunity for perpetrators of violence
On the fourth anniversary of the outbreak of civil war in South Sudan, the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan calls for an end to impunity for perpetrators of violence.
22 December 2017

Infographics

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Work of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan © UNHRC
Work of the Commission on
Human Rights in South Sudan © UNHRC
 
CoHR South Sudan - localized violence map © UNHRC
CoHR South Sudan - localized violence map © UNHRC
 
CoHR South Sudan – localized vs political violence © UNHRC
CoHR South Sudan – localized vs political violence © UNHRC
 

Miscellaneous

Chairperson Yasmin Sooka speaking with South Sudanese widows at Kario refugee camp, East Darfur, Sudan, 10 December 2018 ©CoHRSS

South Sudanese boys in Kario refugee camp, East Darfur, Sudan, with UDHR wristbands, 10 December 2018 ©CoHRSS

CoHRSS members Yasmin Sooka, Andrew Clapham and Barney Afako holding press conference at UNMISS HQs, Juba, South Sudan, 7 December 2018 ©CoHRSS

Commission members meet with High Commissioner Bachelet, September 2018 © CoHR South Sudan/L.Brumat


Yasmin Sooka, Chairperson of the CHRSS, speaks with recently arrived refugee at Elegu collection point on South Sudan-Uganda border, 19 December 2017 ©CHRSS

CoHRSS members Yasmin Sooka, Andrew Clapham and Barney Afako meeting with South Sudanese Government officials, Juba, South Sudan, 6 December 2018 ©CoHRSS

CoHRSS chairperson Yasmin Sooka speaking with South Sudanese refugees at Kario refugee camp, East Darfur, Sudan, 10 December 2018 ©CoHRSS

CoHRSS investigator speaking with South Sudanese refugees at Kario refugee camp, East Darfur, Sudan, 10 December 2018 ©CoHRSS

Andrew Clapham of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan interviews an internally displaced person in Akobo, South Sudan, December 2017 ©UNMISS Photo - Adebayo Ayokunle

Yasmin Sooka, Chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan, at a press conference in Juba, South Sudan, 15 December 2017 ©UNMISS Photo

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