Political violence in South Sudan on the rise, UN experts warn

“An armed individual in the town of Pibor, in Jonglei state, South Sudan. Pibor has seen violent clashes and confrontations that have resulted in displacement as well as the destruction of livelihood and property.” Photo: OCHA/Cecilia Attefors

Juba, February 11, 2022 (SSNA) — The United Nations Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan that lack of progress in implementing key provisions of the 2018 peace deal contributes to the widespread insecurity and impunity in the country.

The revelation by the experts comes as South Sudan’s parties to peace have still not found common grounds on the unification of forces and other key peace provisions.

“There is consensus amongst key stakeholders that while some progress has been made in implementing the Revitalised Agreement, critical elements involving security sector reform, constitutional and electoral reform, and transitional justice have yet to be addressed. All of these outstanding issues impact the human rights situation in the country,” Commission’s chair, Yasmin Sooka, said.

President Kiir and First Vice President Machar, the main principles of the agreement had held many meetings over the implementation. However, the two leaders have yet to agree.

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