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Alfred Soka-CRN
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 14:05
UN Human Rights Commission in South Sudan urges all conflicting parties to end impunity, respect and implement the revitalized peace agreement.
In its third report to the Human Rights Council in Geneva, the Commission finds that continuing violence and violations, including rape may amount to war crimes.
There is a confirmed pattern of how combatants attack villages, loot homes, take women as sexual slaves and burn homes often with people in them, says Commission Chairperson Yasmin Sooka.
“Rapes, gang rapes, sexual mutilation, abductions and sexual slavery, as well as killings, have become commonplace in South Sudan, she added.
Sooka points out that these crimes are persistent because impunity is so entrenched that every kind of norm is broken.
She says the transitional justice framework and mechanisms can help to bring accountability, reconciliation and healing as South Sudanese deal with the past and secure their future stability and prosperity.
The chief says sustained political will and effective leadership can be realized through transitional justice.

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