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

The situation in South Sudan, now in its fourth year of civil war, is beyond dire.  The conflict has expanded across the country, with new fighting in Greater Upper Nile, Western Bahr al Ghazal, and the Equatorias, and has included a series of highly…
A young woman in zone 2 of the sprawling Bidibidi settlement in the West Nile region of Uganda, May 3, 2017.
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Item 6 UPR Adoption

Five years after independence, South Sudan is mired in a highly abusive and increasingly complex civil war that does not appear set to end soon despite earlier signs that the fragile 2015 peace agreement might hold. Instead, the government has continued…
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Item 2 – Interactive Dialogue with the High Commissioner on his Annual Report

We share the High Commissioner’s concerns about current threats to human rights values, and to the international framework itself. Whether the Council can rise to these challenges will depend on a number of factors. First, leadership: many…
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Civil Society Statement to the UN Human Rights Council's 26th Special Session regarding South Sudan

Tomorrow marks a terrible anniversary for South Sudan. On December 15, 2013, fighting in Juba ignited a brutal conflict that has torn the country apart, leaving millions of South Sudanese in dire need. Today the country stands on a precipice. …
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Statement delivered under Item 4

Human Rights Watch is deeply concerned, that despite the August 2015 peace agreement in South Sudan, there has been limited progress addressing the human rights situation and hostilities have continued in various parts of the country. In…
Child soldiers put down their guns in a disarmament and release ceremony in Jonglei state, South Sudan, February 10, 2015.
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Addressing the human rights situation and the need for accountability for past atrocities and on-going violations in South Sudan

Your Excellencies, We, the undersigned South Sudanese and international non-governmental organisations, write to urge your delegation to address the lack of accountability for severe, widespread and ongoing violations and abuses of…
Roda, 20, fled to Bentiu from Mayendit county in late May 2015 when Bul fighters attacked her village, burning everything in sight.
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Human Rights Abuses in Libya and Sudan

Libya Human rights conditions in Libya regressed sharply in 2014. Since May 2014, parties to the armed conflicts have directly attacked and abducted civilians and looted, burned and otherwise destroyed civilian infrastructure. Hundreds of…