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UN Commission of Human Rights team begins work

Author : | Published: Thursday, September 8, 2016

A committee from the UN Commission of Human Rights has started a 19-day mission to South Sudan to meet various stakeholders on the human rights situation in the country.

The three-man committee was formed by the UN Human Rights Commission to monitor and report on the human rights situation and to establish a factual basis for transitional justice.

The three commissioners are namely; Yasmin Sooka, Ken Scott and Godfrey Musila.

The commissioners are also charged with providing guidance to the interim government on transitional justice.

In a statement, the UN says besides South Sudan, they will visit Ethiopia and Uganda, to hold talks with political and community leaders, refugees and the displaced people.

It will also meet members of the international community.

While in South Sudan, the committee is expected to meet a number of ministers, parliamentarians, police, judicial officers, military officials and President Salva Kiir.

The UN statement says that they will also conduct a number of visits to camps in Juba and Bentiu.

In Addis Ababa, the commissioners will meet leaders of the African Union, the IGAD and other members of the international community and civil society.

They will then proceed to Kampala and Adjumani in Uganda, to visit the refugee settlements there sheltering South Sudanese refugees.

The committee is expected to present a comprehensive written report to the Human Rights Council at its 34th regular session in March 2017.

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