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On South Sudan Cabinet’s approval of Hybrid Court & Transitional Justice Mechanisms: The Weekly Review

Published on February 10th 2021. YouTube Link:

In this episode, Roger Alfred Yoron Modi hosted Nyagoah Tut Pur- Researcher, Human Right Watch Africa and Jame David Kolok, Executive Director Foundation for Democracy and Accountable Governance, Activist and Researcher on Transitional Justice in South Sudan were the guests.

The show discussed recent resolution of South Sudan’s council of ministers approving the establishment of the Hybrid Court provided for in the R-ARCSS together with related institutions of Transitional Justice.

On TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE, ACCOUNTABILITY, RECONCILIATION AND HEALING, Chapter Five of the Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan provides for the establishment of the following: The Commission for Truth, Reconciliation and Healing (CTRH); An independent hybrid judicial body, to be known as the Hybrid Court for South Sudan (HCSS); and Compensation and Reparation Authority (CRA).
“We have to look at the peace deal as a whole package. And it’s unfortunate that we are still stuck in issues of governance and security. And we are yet to make it to actual issues that might translate into value to the South Sudanese people: institution building and institution reformation that would have an impact on people’s lives. There are certain provisions in the peace deal including reconstruction and how refugees, the returnees, IDPs and other victims can be assisted by their own government. We are very pleased that the minister for justice, as well as the entire cabinet, have approved these processes (Transitional Justice mechanisms) and they should not lose momentum in getting these mechanisms up and running. They have taken a great step; let them not wait for another six months, another year, another three years. The time to act is now,” said Nyagoah Tut Pur.
“We believe that by the parties signing the Agreement, they commit to implementing it in totality. And that as well applies to Chapter Five which is on [TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE, ACCOUNTABILITY, RECONCILIATION AND HEALING]. We believe that the various mechanisms provided in that particular chapter should be holistically implemented. Now this process seems to start by the meeting [of the Council of ministers] that has approved [establishment of] the hybrid court, we hope that the process of engaging in ensuring that all those mechanisms are established and that South Sudanese will have confidence that they will be having the opportunity to benefit from all those other processes. Time is running. We hope that this process is not going to delay to an extent that South Sudanese will continue lamenting and wondering whether the commitment is there to implementing this process,” Jame David Kolok told The Weekly Review.

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