Hybrid court to punish violators of next government

By Kitab A Unango

Human rights violations and other gross atrocities against humanity will be punished following the formation of new government in November 12th 2019.

The new unity government that would allow the establishment of subsequent hybrid court would be for the trial of human rights violators according to the top government officials.

Permanent Representative of South Sudan to the United Nations Amb. Akuei Bona Malwal, said the current Transitional Government of National Unity headed by President Salva Kiir alone cannot punish those who committed atrocities during 2013 protracted war.

“Now the current government of national unity cannot solely form the hybrid court, so they have to find a way of formation of hybrid court so that everybody in the oppositions can be included and including constitution,” Amb. Bona said after the Council of Minister meeting yesterday.

On Monday this week, Amnesty International released a new report on South Sudan which said authorities in the country have allowed impunity to flourish over serious human rights violations, war crimes and crimes against humanity committed since brutal conflict broke out in December, 2013.

According to Amb. Bona, the formation of the new inclusive government was soon so that human rights violators from both government and oppositions will be punished according to the law.

“So those who are accused will go to the court. Now the government cannot do this because we are about to form the new government,” he added.

Amb. Bona made the remarks shortly after government delegations met with the United Nations Panel of Experts yesterday in Juba to discuss the status of implementation of the Revitalized Peace Agreement and refugees and IDPS.

The Amnesty International, in the report, said President Kiir has supreme power that he can either confirm or reject judgment by the military court, effectively giving him power over what is supposed to be independent judicial process.

The report also said that the country’s authorities typically deny credible reports implicating armed forces in serious human rights violations.

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