Geneva — South Sudan, the world’s newest country, faces a critical moment in its transition from civil war , with a faltering peace agreement and predatory government officials who pillage aid meant to feed the beleaguered population, the chair of a UN commission said Friday.
South African human rights lawyer Yasmin Sooka delivered the sixth report of the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan with her colleagues Andrew Clapham of Britain and Barney Afako of Uganda.
Reporting to the current session of the UN Human Rights Council here, Sooka and her fellow commissioners called for the full implementation of a peace agreement and a unified army in South Sudan.
“My colleagues and I are deeply aware that international attention is focussed on the war in Europe and the three million refugees who have fled Ukraine, a tragedy of epic proportions now unfolding before our eyes,” said Sooka.
However, she said, “South Sudan is at a critical moment in its transition, where crucial provisions of the Revitalized Peace Agreement have still not been implemented and planned elections could plunge the country into massive violence.
Read the text of Commissioner Sooka’s statement
Read the full Commission report