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The hybrid court … a step towards achieving justice in southern Sudan

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An international human rights organization considered South Sudan’s approval to establish the hybrid court to try those involved in war crimes an important step in achieving justice.

Human Rights Watch called in a statement that Al-Ain News received a copy of the various parties in the government and the opposition to strengthen the justice mechanisms provided for by real decisions on the ground on Monday.

“All parties have committed crimes and violations of human rights, but through fair trials based on truth and compensation, victims and future generations will be able to feel comfortable,” the organization said in its statement.

The human rights organization called on the authorities in southern Sudan to adopt a transparent approach informing the three governmental institutions (executive, legislative and judicial) and establishing a new parliament that would develop new laws and legislation.

Through these steps, the organization indicated that justice will be provided to the victims of crimes and violations that occurred during the civil war that the country witnessed in 2013.

The Council of Ministers of the Transitional Government of the State of South Sudan had directed the Minister of Justice to take the necessary steps to ensure the establishment of the hybrid court, in cooperation with the African Union and all regional institutions to achieve justice for the crimes that occurred during the war period.

The peace agreement in South Sudan, signed in October 2018, provided for the establishment of a mixed war crimes court, made up of national and African judges, to be chosen by the African Union to conduct trials for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and sexual violence.

For his part, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, welcomed the Government of Southern Sudan’s announcement to approve the establishment of a court consisting of national and international judges from African countries.

The Chairperson of the Commission affirmed the AU’s continued support to the government and people of Southern Sudan in their search for lasting peace and security.

South Sudan witnessed a civil war that took a tribal dimension, leaving nearly ten thousand people dead and hundreds of homeless.

On September 5, 2018, the parties of southern Sudan signed a final peace agreement in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, in the IGAD heads of state.

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