Government urged to speed up establishment of Hybrid court

Government urged to speed up establishment of Hybrid court

A political and human rights activist urged the government of South Sudan to speed up the establishment of the Hybrid Court for South Sudan.

Ter Manyang, the executive director for the Centre for Peace and Advocacy, said the court would bring the perpetrators of crimes to justice and shed light on the truth of what transpired in the past during the civil war in the country.  

“The CPA reminded the head of state that the country is deeply divided due to a lack of interest in establishing a Hybrid Court for South Sudan,” he noted.

Manyang argued that the court would encourage reconciliation among those who have committed atrocities leading to the rebuilding of relationships in society.
“Justice would be achieved through accountability and social restructuring, ultimately working towards the shared goal of peace and security for all parties involved,” said Manyang.

He stated that the government needs to speed up the establishment of the court so that justice can be achieved.

 “Centre for Peace and Advocacy is urging the president of South Sudan Salva Kiir to promote reconciliation among South Sudanese communities,” he said.

He argued that the majority of South Sudanese are backing the quest for accountability and justice this would be realizable through these hybrid courts which consist of both international and domestic judges.

According to a UN report, over 400,000 people were killed during the war from 2013 to 2016.

In 2021, the Council of Ministers approved a plan by the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs for the establishment of the Hybrid Court for South Sudan (HCSS), as well as the Commission for Truth, Reconciliation and Healing (CTRH) and the Compensation and Reparation Authority (CRA).

This marked the crucial step towards the pursuit of accountability and justice for victims of the atrocities committed in the conflict that began in December 2013.

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