Africa: AU Urged to Speed Up the Establishment of S. Sudan’s Hybrid Court


The Human Rights Watch has urged the African Union Commission to engage South Sudan’s unity government to speed up the establishment of the hybrid court as stipulated in the 2018 peace agreement.

In a statement at the 67th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights on Tuesday seen by The EastAfrican, the rights group urged the continental body to initiate investigations into allegations of human rights violations.

“We call on the African Commission to urge all States across Africa, notably Tanzania, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Liberia, Guinea, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Nigeria to initiate prompt and impartial investigations into allegations of human rights violations.

“These violations include destruction of property, extrajudicial killings, torture, enforced disappearances, sexual violence, and other abuses committed by members of the security force,” HRW said.

In July this year, South Sudanese civil society reiterated calls to the African Union to help form a hybrid court that will address issues of injustice.

The South Sudan Civil Society Forum, a lobby of activists in the country, said the formation of a hybrid court should be speeded up to enhance judicial independence.

The court, to be assembled by local and foreign judges from African countries, was mooted as part of efforts to reconcile a country that had been divided along ethnic lines by nearly seven years of s civil war.