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Item 4: Statement on situation in South Sudan

STATEMENT by Minister Counselor Anniken Enersen at the 42nd Session of the Human Rights Council. Item 4 – Interactive Dialogue with the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan (oral update). Delivered on 16 September 2019.

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Mr President,

Norway commends the signing of the Revitalized Peace Agreement and welcomes the recent efforts to speed up the outstanding issues in order to start the transitional phase on 12 November. We call upon all parties to cooperate fully in the implementation of the Agreement. 

Norway appreciates the efforts by the Government of South Sudan to assist the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the special procedures of the Human Rights Council and the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan in the fulfilment of its mandate.

The Commission’s work is vital in order to ensure accountability and to bring perpetrators to justice. We strongly urge the Government of South Sudan to continue to support the mandate of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan.

Norway is deeply concerned by the number of grave human rights violations and abuses still happening in South Sudan. The Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan has documented serious violations by all parties to the conflict, including targeted killing of civilians, and conflict-related sexual and gender-based violence.

We call upon all parties to stop human rights abuses, and remind the Government of South Sudan that it has the primary responsibility to protect all of its population from violations of human rights and international humanitarian law. We urge the Government of South Sudan to investigate all violations and human rights abuses, ensure accountability, and the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms in South Sudan.

 

We strongly hope and expect that the implementation of the Agreement also will improve the humanitarian and human rights situation in South Sudan.

Thank you.