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Lam Akol welcomes AU report

Author : | Published: Friday, October 30, 2015

An aerial view of an area near Malakal shortly after confrontations between gov't and opposition forces in 2014 Credit | Unknown

The leader of the National Opposition Alliance, Dr. Lam Akol, says the report by the African Union Commission of Inquiry into the South Sudan conflict will bring justice and peace to the country.

The report details findings of investigators on human rights abuses and war crimes committed by the government and opposition parties to the conflict.

It says there were organized killings in Juba after the outbreak of fighting in mid-December, 2013. And later in Malakal, Bor, and Bentiu.

“The next stage will be of course the proof of these allegations to the court because up to now somebody cannot be convicted on the bases of an investigation; an investigation is a first step towards justice,” Dr Akol said.

“So, it is a court that can determine whether somebody is guilty or not guilty.”

The civil society group, the Community Empowerment for Progress Organization, has also welcomed the report.

It says the warring parties should not use the allegations raised to delay the peace process.

“Any party to this agreement has a right to object any facts that are provided as long as they can provide their proofs to the court,” said Edmond Yakani, executive director.

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