UN: Expedite the formation of AU Hybrid Court
The United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramila Patten is calling on the government of South Sudan to expedite the operationalization of transitional justice institutions including the AU Hybrid Court.
Pattern made the statement Thursday while she welcomed the recent announcement by the South Sudan government to implement Chapter V of the revitalized peace agreement.
The UN official noted that the timely establishment of justice institutions envisioned to investigate and prosecute war crimes committed during more than six years of conflict, will be a strong signal that such violations, including acts of sexual violence, will not be tolerated and those responsible will be held accountable.
She also added that once established, the needs of the survivors and communities affected by the crimes will be addressed.
“As the government of South Sudan moves forward with establishing transitional justice institutions including the Hybrid Court, I remind the authorities that as part of transitional justice and peacebuilding processes, survivors of sexual violence and their families have an important role to play,” said the Special Representative. “My office stands ready to support the government and its partners in their efforts to strengthen the prevention and response to sexual violence and ensure that the prosecution of these grave crimes takes place in a transparent and survivor-centered manner.”
The UN official almost reminded the government to adhere to the 35 percent quota for women’s representation in government institutions, including Chapter V institutions, in line with the revitalized peace agreement.