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 by adopting resolution 34/25 on 24 March 2017, with its current term due to expire in March 2018.

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) and Andrew Clapham ( UK and Switzerland). 

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

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

A/HRC/37/CRP.2 - CRP 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 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
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Human Rights Council President appoints Barney Afako of Uganda as new member of South Sudan body
14 June 2018
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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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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

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