Norway's statement during enhanced interactive dialogue on South Sudan

Mr President,

Norway remains deeply concerned by the continued human rights violations and abuses in South Sudan. Atrocities of the most horrific kind and targeted attacks on civilians continues to be reported daily from organizations on the ground, despite the parties expressed and written commitment to the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCISS). Also unlawful and arbitrary detentions are still ongoing, where journalists and student activists have recently been targeted.

Norway welcomes the formation of the Transitional Governments of National Unity, and urges for full implementation of the ARCISS, including all justice and reconciliation aspects. We strongly support the establishment of the Hybrid Court as part of the implementation of Chapter V of the ARCISS. There should be no delay in holding perpetrators of violations of international humanitarian law and human rights law accountable.

Norway welcomes the recently appointed committee members to the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan, and urges the parties to co-operate fully with the Commission and provide it with unimpeded access. Their report will be highly important, together with earlier reports documenting the human rights violations and abuses, to be able to hold the perpetrators accountable, seek justice for the victims and move towards reconciliation and healing.

We are concerned by the worsening humanitarian situation. Restrictions on access, as well as intimidation and harassment of humanitarian and civil society organizations impede humanitarian operations. Norway urge the transitional government to ensure full, safe and unhindered delivery of humanitarian assistance.

Thank you