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Open letter: UNHRC should renew and strengthen mandate of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan

We, the undersigned South Sudanese, regional and international non-governmental organisations, write to urge your delegation to renew and strengthen the mandate and capacity of the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan to address the continued lack of accountability for severe, widespread and on-going crimes under international law and human rights violations and abuses, many of which amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity, during the upcoming 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council.

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UNHRC Special Session on South Sudan: now is the time to act

Thank you Mr President.

The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project welcomes this Special Session and the Commission’s work to provide much-needed scrutiny of the Government of South Sudan and armed actors’ intolerable human rights violations. By speaking out about a looming catastrophe, orchestrated ethnic cleansing, and the very real possibility of further mass atrocities they have sounded the alarm […]

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HRC33: Interactive Dialogue with the Independent Expert on Somalia

CIVICUS and the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project thank the Independent Expert on Somalia for his report. As Somalia prepares for its electoral process later this year, we take this opportunity to welcome steps taken by the government to strengthen its human rights framework in preparation for the election.

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UNHRC32: Oral statement on the adoption of the UPR report on Somalia

Somalia has taken welcome steps to strengthen the human rights framework since its last Universal Periodic Review. However, in order to continue to strengthen the promotion of and protection of human rights, it needs to urgently address the safety and enabling environment of human rights defenders and media workers, abuses committed against civilians by armed actors, and the need for inclusive nationality laws.

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