Delegation of the European Union to the
UN and other international organisations in Geneva

HRC 43 - Interactive Dialogue with the Commission on South Sudan - EU Intervention

Geneva , 09/03/2020 - 15:39, UNIQUE ID: 200309_8
Statements on behalf of the EU

Madame President,

The EU commends the Commission for their report.

The [beginning of the] formation of the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity on February 22nd is a key step towards peace. We encourage South Sudan to make further progress by swiftly establishing the Cabinet and keep working with the spirit of compromise during the transitional period .We welcome the commitment to a minimum of 35% of women’s participation in the government.

However, we are deeply concerned by the increasing securitization of the State, shrinking civic space, the widespread and often targeted use of sexual and gender based violence and continued recruitment of children into armed groups, including by government forces. We are furthermore appalled by the deliberate denial of human rights such as food, water and sanitation, partly due to corruption and economic crimes and partly used as policy against dissident communities, leading to starvation in parts of the country.

The EU calls for full accountability for all abuses and violations of both International Humanitarian and Human Rights law, and the terms of the revitalized peace agreement.

The EU calls for the establishment and operationalisation of transitional justice and accountability mechanisms as per Chapter V of the revitalised peace agreement.

What are the most urgent steps to be taken by South Sudan to implement Chapter 5 of the revitalized peace agreement?

Thank you.

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