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Justice Centre inaugurated in Juba

By Bullen Bala Alexander

The Community Empowerment for Progress Organization in partnership with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), and United Nations Human Rights have inaugurated Transitional Justice Resource Centre (TJRC) in Juba to advocate and lobby for the rights of the citizens in the country.

The main purpose of theTJRC is to raise public awareness, equip civil actors, advocate and lobby for transitional justiceespecially on chapter five of the Revitalized Peace Agreement.

Chapter five of the Revitalized Peace Agreement focused on Transitional Justice that includes establishment of Commission for Truth, Reconciliation and Healing (CTRH), the Hybrid Court for South Sudan (HCSS), an independent hybrid judicial body, and the Compensation and Reparation Authority (CRA).

Thebodies are tasked to independently promote the common objective of facilitating truth, reconciliation and healing, and compensation and reparation in South Sudan.

But the chapter remains one of the chapters yet to be implemented according to the civil society groups and other observers.

Speaking during the launching, the Undersecretary in the National Ministry of Justice and constitutional Affairs Dr. Gabriel Isaac said his ministry was working hard in order to fully implement chapter five of the Revitalized Peace Agreement.

‘I am sure all of you are aware that the Ministry of Justice is mandated by the peace agreement and by the cabinet to implement chapter five, and six, since we are directed by the cabinet.”

“We are also assuring all the stakeholders including UNMISS, CEPO and Human Rights group that we are working hard and will continue work together to see into it that chapter five of the Revitalized Peace Agreement is implemented,” Dr. Isaac reiterated.

He made the statement during the inauguration of the Transitional Justice Centre (TJRC) in Juba. The Centre was inaugurated by CEPO in collaboration with UNMISS and UN Human Rights Group.

He said the ministry held series of meetings with the stakeholders including signatories to the agreement to sensitize and inform them about the process of establishing the mechanisms on the implementation of chapter five.

Meanwhile the Director General of the State Ministry of Parliamentary and Legal AffairsPeter Wani Emmanuel Lasucommended CEPO and its partners for the inauguration of the Translational Justice Resource Centre for the smooth implementation of the Revitalized Peace Agreement.

“In cognizance with the Revitalized Peace Agreement and conformity with our Transitional Constitution, the Ministry would like to congratulate CEPO and its partners for the inauguration of the Translational Justice Resource Centre for the smooth implementation of the Revitalized Peace Agreement,” Mr. Lasu acknowledged.

He said, in line with the mandate of the Ministry of Parliamentary and Legal Affairs at Central Equatoria State and looking at the political objectives stated in the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan, 2011 as amended in 2020, Article 36(1) says:

“All levels of government shall promote democratic principles and political pluralism, and shall be guided by the principles of decentralization and devolution of power to the people through the appropriate levels of government where they can best manage and direct their affairs.”

He added that Article 36(2)(a) and (b) say for example in 36(2)(a) that all levels of government shall promote and consolidate peace and create secure environment for socio-economic development.

It is further stated in 36(2)(b) to initiate a comprehensive process of national reconciliation and healing that promotes national harmony, unity and peaceful co-existence among the people of South Sudan.

“As a State Ministry of Parliamentary and Legal Affairs, we shall work with CEPO in the promotion of good governance and respect for human rights, “In a similar manner, the ministry is planning to establish “Democracy and Information Centre” for citizens to share information with the government of Central Equatoria State in Juba and would extend later to the other counties of the State,” he added.

He revealed that, Commission for Truth, Reconciliation and Healing (CTRH), which will begin work four months after establishing the RTGoNU, is a critical part of the peace building process in South Sudan that will lead efforts to address the legacy of conflicts, and promote peace, and national reconciliation and healing.

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