Interactive Dialogue on the Oral Update of OHCHR on Technical Assistance and Capacity-Building for South Sudan
Human Rights Council – 54th Session
Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America
As Delivered by Ambassador Michèle Taylor
Thank you, Mr. Vice President.
And thank you to OHCHR for today’s oral update.
The United States strongly supports transitional justice in South Sudan. We remain concerned by the failure to create the transitional justice mechanisms agreed to in the 2018 Revitalized Agreement. We worry that this failure indicates a lack of political will in South Sudan to advance accountability efforts.
We are alarmed by reports of extrajudicial and ethnically based killings, the use of food as a weapon of war, pervasive gender-based violence, arbitrary arrests and detentions, excessive restrictions on the exercise of freedom of expression, the right of peaceful assembly and association, suppression of freedom of religion or belief, and attacks on humanitarian workers.
We call for the transitional justice mechanisms of the peace agreement to be established and fully funded; for South Sudanese citizens to be able to exercise their right to participate in free and fair elections; and for anti-corruption mechanisms to be implemented to prevent the ongoing looting of the country’s wealth.
How can the international community more effectively urge South Sudan’s leaders to advance accountability and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms?