The United Nations (UN) Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan will release its report on Friday 23 February 2018. This will be the Commission’s second report since it was established by the UN Human Rights Council in March 2016.
The Chairperson of the Commission, Yasmin Sooka, will meet the press in Nairobi from 11h00 – 12h00am in the Samburu Room, ground floor, The Intercontinental Hotel, City Hall Way, to share some of the findings of the Commission’s work, while fellow Commissioner, Andrew Clapham, will be available to brief journalists in Geneva at 9h00 – 10h00 hours at press room 1, Palais des Nations and later in the day for interviews.
In March 2017, the Commission had its mandate enhanced by the UN Human Rights Council to enable it to “collect and preserve evidence of, and clarify responsibility for alleged gross violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes, including sexual and gender-based violence and ethnic violence”. Based in Juba, the secretariat of the Commission consisting of 16 staff members took over 230 detailed individual witness statements and gathered over 58 000 documents, including confidential records, covering incidents in South Sudan since December 2013. According to its mandate, the Commission is to make such information available to all transitional justice mechanisms, including the Hybrid Court for South Sudan agreed under the African Union peace agreement.
This report will be presented to the Human Rights Council during its 37th session in Geneva on 13 March 2018.
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