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Item 4 Enhanced Interactive Dialogue with the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan

Thank you, Madam President.  South Sudanese continue to live in a context of widespread impunity and insecurity, which threatens the enjoyment of their most fundamental rights, and highlights the ongoing need for Human Rights Council scrutiny…
Delegates sit at the opening of the 41th session of the Human Rights Council, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, June 24, 2019.
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Submission to the UN Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons

This submission is based on Human Rights Watch research on human rights issues impacting older women,[1] including domestic violence, abuse, and neglect in residential institutions for older people, abuses during armed conflict, and health disparities…
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Facilitate Commission’s Work; Advance Justice

Yesterday, the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) renewed the mandate of the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan. Given the country’s ongoing rights crisis and widespread impunity for serious international crimes, the renewal…
Delegates sit at the opening of the 41th session of the Human Rights Council, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, June 24, 2019.
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HRW Statement - Item 10 General Debate

As the Council considers the human rights situation in South Sudan, the needs on the ground make clear that the work of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan remains critical and that the Council should renew its mandate in full. Any shift…
Victims of ethnic violence in Jonglei, state, South Sudan, wait in line at the World Food Program distribution center in Pibor to receive emergency food rations, January 12, 2012.
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Council Stresses Need for Justice, Rights Monitoring, Civilian Protection

South Sudan should heed last week’s call from the UN Security Council to establish a hybrid court with the African Union, support the protection of civilians, and cease interfering with the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan’s (UNMISS) monitoring…
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HRW Statement – Interactive Dialogue with the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan

Madam President, We welcome the report/s by the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan and their outstanding work at this critical time in the country. While largescale fighting in South Sudan has declined, and steps to move ahead with the…
Delegates sit at the opening of the 41th session of the Human Rights Council, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, June 24, 2019.
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Mandate of the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan Should Be Renewed in Full

Next month, the mandate of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan will come up for renewal. Looking at recent developments, it’s clear the UN Human Rights Council should renew the commission’s mandate in full. The South Sudanese authorities…
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Neighboring Countries Still Blatantly Send South Sudan Weapons

The United Nations Security Council should prioritize the protection of civilians in South Sudan by renewing the arms embargo and strengthening the monitoring to better enforce it. Imposed in 2018 after five years of conflict, the embargo…
FILE: Opposition soldiers chant "Viva IO", meaning "long live the opposition", during a visit in August 2019 by a ceasefire monitoring team, at an opposition military camp near the town of Nimule in Eastern Equatoria state, South Sudan.
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Item 4 Interactive Dialogue with the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan

As we speak today, largescale fighting has declined, and a government of national unity is being formed, giving South Sudanese renewed hope for sustainable peace. However, during a public briefing we co-hosted last week, colleagues from the ground spoke…
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Dear Ambassadors of the UN Security Council: As a coalition of 15 international and regional civil society organizations, we are writing to seek your urgent support in addressing the precarious situation in South Sudan. Delays in implementation…
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Interactive Dialogue with Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan

Human Rights Watch urges the Human Rights Council to renew and strengthen the mandate of the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan and ensure it has enough resources to carry out its important mandate to collect and preserve evidence of serious…
Women from more than forty South Sudanese womens organizations carry placards during march through the city to express the frustration and suffering that women and children face in Juba, South Sudan on December 9, 2017.
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New Report Describes Horrific Crimes, Impunity

The Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan, a United Nations Human Rights Council investigative body, has uncovered more evidence of continuing serious violations in the country that may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity, despite…
A soldier walks past women carrying their belongings near Benitu, northern South Sudan, February 11, 2017.
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After Years of Threats, Vote Offers Glimmer of Hope to Victims

UPDATE: On July 13, 2018, the UN Security Council voted to adopt a resolution extending the sanctions regime in South Sudan, imposing sanctions on two additional individuals and for the first time imposing a globally enforceable arms embargo on weapons…
Chinese Peacekeepers in the United Nations Mission to South Sudan (UNMISS) ride in their armoured personnel carriers (APC) as they wait in the queue to enter their base in Juba, South Sudan August 1, 2017.
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Secretary-General’s ‘List of Shame’ Should Reflect Report Findings

(New York) – The United Nations secretary-general’s new report on children and armed conflict sets a damaging precedent by ignoring or downplaying some countries’ abuses in his annual “list of shame,” Human Rights Watch said today.…
School in Nikishine, eastern Ukraine, damaged during fighting between Ukrainian government and rebel forces from Aug. 2014 to Feb. 2015.
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Regional Sanctions Decision and UN Resolutions Show Growing Concern Over the Conflict

Are words finally turning into action on South Sudan? In a communiqué issued today, regional Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) announced it has decided to impose individual sanctions, referring the matter to the African…
People wait to be registered prior to a food distribution carried out by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Thonyor, Leer state, South Sudan, February 25, 2017.
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Interactive Dialogue with the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan

Bonifacio told Human Rights Watch that he was 16 years old when South Sudanese soldiers snatched him away from his family in 2016 to fight a war grownups begun when he was only 13. During his training, he was beaten and whipped and shot at. Later,…
Women from more than forty South Sudanese womens organizations carry placards during march through the city to express the frustration and suffering that women and children face in Juba, South Sudan on December 9, 2017.
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Four Years Into Conflict, Rampant Abuse

Update December 15 2017: On December 13 as Human Rights Watch was going to press, South Sudan’s council of ministers reportedly approved the hybrid court statute and the government’s memorandum of understanding with the African Union. …
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