HRC36: Enhanced ID with the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan

Human Rights Council: 36th Session
Item 4: Enhanced ID with the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan

Oral Intervention

Delivered by Ms. Clementine de Montjoye

Thank you Mr. President.

The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project and CIVICUS, on behalf of 20 African civil society organisations, thank the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan for their worrying update.

Mr. President, we welcome this opportunity to raise concerns about the devastating situation in South Sudan with national and regional interlocutors. While we welcome some of the steps made towards establishing the Hybrid Court on South Sudan, we urge all regional and international actors to work together to ensure that justice is secured for the victims of grave violations of human rights and humanitarian law in South Sudan.
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Today, civilians, journalists and humanitarian workers continue to be deliberately and targeted through horrific and violent attacks by both state and non-state actors. International civil society groups have documented ethnically charged sexual violence of unimaginable brutality on a massive scale, which shows no signs of abating.
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Today, many South Sudanese civil society organisations and media workers are forced to work from exile, making the documentation and reporting of violations in the country particularly challenging. Given the situation, the Commission’s mandate to collect evidence, document violations and advise on accountability mechanisms is of the utmost importance and should be given full support by members of this Council.
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Under the new High Level Revitalisation Forum, it is critical for the Government of South Sudan to take significant steps to show its commitment to the implementation of the Peace Agreement, including Chapter V, and to cooperate in a meaningful way with the African Union for the speedy establishment of the Court.

We urge Member States of the Council to support the Commission’s work and to urge the Government of South Sudan to respect its responsibility to protect its citizens and to put an end to the senseless violence the country has been experiencing for the past four years.

We thank you,

  • African Center for Democracy and Human Rights Studies, The Gambia
  • Assistance Mission for Africa, South Sudan
  • Association for human rights in Ethiopia
  • Central Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (REDHAC), Cameroon
  • Center for Peace and Justice, South Sudan
  • CIVICUS, South Africa
  • Community Empowerment for Progress Organisation, South Sudan
  • Concertation Nationale de la Société Civile du Togo, Togo
  • DefendDefenders (the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project), Uganda
  • Eritrean Movement for Democracy and Human Rights (EMDHR), Eritrea
  • EVE Organisation, South Sudan
  • Human Rights Concern – Eritrea (HRCE)
  • International Youth for Africa, South Sudan
  • La Nouvelle Société Civile Congolaise, DRC
  • Mauritius Council of Social Services, Mauritius
  • ONG Ezaka ho Fampandrosoana any Ambanivohitra (ONG EFA), Madagascar
  • Réseau Ouest Africain des Défenseurs des Droits Humains/ West Africa Human Rights Defenders Network,
  • South Sudan Human Rights Defenders Network, South Sudan
  • Women Monthly Forum
  • Zambia Council for Social Development, Zambia
  • Pan Africa Human Rights Defenders Network


Human Rights Defender of the month: Kasale Maleton Mwaana

Kasale’s human rights activism precedes his years. The son of pastoralist parents from Ngorongoro district in northern Tanzania, he grew up seeing his parents and entire community having to defend their land and way of life against authorities who thought their lands could be put to better use. Now, at 25, Kasale is already one of the most recognizable advocates of his people’s cause, much to the ire of Tanzanian authorities.
“Our people’s struggle goes back many generations. It started with the pushing out of our forefathers from Serengeti to gazette Serengeti National Park in 1959, and then further evictions from the Ngorongoro crater to gazette the Ngorongoro conservation area in 1975. Since then, every generation has had to resist further evictions. It’s now my generation’s turn,” he says.