Human Rights Council Calls on African Union to Release Its Report On South Sudan
March 30, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — Forty five (45) members states of Human Rights Council, which include the United States, Canada and many Europeans countries, calls on Africa Union to officially release the leaked Commission of Inquiry report (AUCISS) on South Sudan conflict.
In a joint report on South Sudan, issued during its 28th regular session between March 2-27th, the Human Rights Council recalls that the release of AUCISS report will inform efforts to break the cycle of violence that has ragged the world’s newest nation since December, 2013.
“Now that the African Union Commission of Inquiry has completed its work, we emphasize the importance of the African Union releasing the report so that its findings and recommendation can inform efforts to break the cycle of impunity that has so seriously undermined South Sudan.” Reads parts of the join statement.
While acknowledging the primary role of the regional bloc, IGAD, the world body believes that the AUCISS report will bridge an important gap in the reporting of the conflict, and also helps in accountability process.
“The African Union and IGAD processes have made a positive contribution. Nonetheless, these exists a significant accountability, protection and reporting gap concerning the situation in South Sudan that release of the Commission of Inquiry report should help fill.”part of the HRC report reads.
The chairman of the AU Commission of Inquiry, former President Obasanjo, said after the investigation that “there is no doubt that there have been gross violations of human rights in South Sudan across the board. No South Sudanese leader can claim innocent.”
Adding that “What we do hear from every group of people we talk is that there must be peace, there must be accountability, there must be justice, and there can be no lasting reconciliation, until people feel that justice appears to have been done.”
The Continental body, however, opted earlier this year to shelve the report until further notice, citing that the report may impede the IGAD led peace process; an argument that has been strongly criticized by members of international community, including the United States.
Noticing the overdue silence on human rights violations, the Council has also renewed its concerns on the international humanitarian laws being violated in South Sudan and warns that they are watching.
“We further note that the Human Rights Council delayed any action to address human rights violations and abuses and violation of international humanitarian law in South Sudan since December 2013. There has been no action on South Sudan since President Obasanjo’s presentation to the Council last fall. As such we urge the establishment of appropriate mechanism to address this situation on an urgent basis.” The Human Rights Council joint statement continues.
“This Council continues to watch carefully developments in South Sudan and stresses the important of credible, viable mechanisms to promote accountability, reconciliation, and healing for those affected by the conflict.” The HRC cautions the South Sudanese leaders who remain committed to pursue war than peace.
The Council condemns the lacks of political leadership to resolve the man-made conflict, which was manufactured out of political differences within the ruling SPLM party.
The people of South Sudan have continued to suffer disproportionally as a result of the impasse and continued conflict.
While nearly two million South Sudanese, mostly women and children, have fled their homes to poorly facilitated IDPs and refugee camps, more than 50 thousand people are reportedly killed, according to the International Crisis Group.
The HRC report was signed by the following states.