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Norway's statement during the 26th special session of the Human Rights Council

Norway's statement during the 26th special session of the Human Rights Council on the human rights situation in South Sudan, held on 14 December 2016. Statement delivered by Ambassador Hans Brattskar.

Mr President,

Norway welcomes this special session and the opportunity to address the urgent human rights situation in South Sudan.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon recently warned us of a “very real risk of mass atrocities” in South Sudan. Special Advisor Adama Dieng stated his belief that there are ongoing grave human rights abuses in the country and noted “the potential for genocide.” Thus, there is a clear case for the Council to act on its mandate to prevent human rights violations.

This is not the first time we hear of grave human rights violations and abuses by Government and

The situation continues to deteriorate. Despite a peace agreement and repeated assurances of implementation, fighting continues. Civilians continue to pay the price. The exodus of refugees into neighboring countries continues with nearly 3000 daily arrivals to Uganda alone. A record number, 205 000, are seeking protection in UN camps as their homes are burnt and their food is looted.

The UN and humanitarian actors are harassed and threatened on a daily basis. Last month a record 100 access denials were registered.

As we today reiterate our call for an immediate end to all violations and abuses, we also call for accountability. With appropriate investigation we will ensure that those who commit violations are held accountable.

Norway commends and thanks the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan, established by this council in March, for its important work. We support the extension and broadening of the mandate of the Commission through including investigation of alleged violations of human rights to avoid impunity and ensuring accountability.

Finally, we acknowledge the Government of South Sudan for their cooperation with the Commission, and urge that it implements its recommendations.

Thank you.