VIOLATORS, Be tracked through international law

By Elia Joseph Loful

The National Legislative Assembly is in the process of enacting a law, which will track violators internationally.

Speaking to Juba Monitor, Chairperson of Legislation in the Transitional National Assembly, Justice John Clement said time has come for South Sudan to end the culture of impunity by trying those who commit crimes against humanity.

“The time has now come for South Sudan to end this culture of impunity and those who commit crimes must be held accountable for what they have done,” Clément said during a consultative workshop to incorporate international crimes into South Sudan legal system.

The event, held last Friday, was organized by the Committee of Human Rights and Justice in the legislative assembly in collaboration with civil society organizations and supported by United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

Clement said the bill to amend the existing penal code of 2008 was introduced to the parliament in 2015 saying the country can add war crimes into the legal system whenever it is required by the constitution.

“The amendment bill said what the country wants is to add the war crimes, genocides and crimes against humanity. I think time has come as a country to have the right to try international court cases here,” he said.

Clement added that the bill will undergo four stages of reading before it is approved and passed into law.

“We have four reading stages. Now it is already passed to second reading and that is why we are collecting views from people and we have also visited Uganda to learn from them,” Clement said.

Justice Perpetua Ajonye Apaya, Deputy Chairperson South Sudan Law Society representing civil society said it is important to incorporate the international crimes in order to allow prosecutions to be done at different levels.

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