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Refugees to have a say on establishment of truth commission

Refugees to have a say on establishment of truth commission
South Sudanese women in Nyumanzi refugee settlement, Northern Uganda. Credit//LWF/C. Kästner

South Sudanese living in the neighboring countries will also be consulted in the ongoing effort to promote national reconciliation and healing.

The Commission for Truth, Reconciliation, and Healing (CTRH) said it will reach out to all South Sudanese in the diaspora.

As per the 2018 revitalized peace agreement, CTRH will spearhead efforts to address the legacy of conflicts, promote peace, national reconciliation and healing in South Sudan.

In April, President Salva Kiir launched the public consultations for the establishment of the commission and formed the technical committee to carry out the task.

The technical committee tasked with carrying out public consultation for the establishment of the Commission for Truth, Reconciliation and Healing (CTRH) unveiled its plan to extend the consultations among the refugees in Kenya, Uganda, Sudan and Ethiopia.

Henry Moga Cosmas, a member of the committee told a workshop on transitional justice in Juba on Wednesday that the committee has already completed a nationwide consultation.

“We believe that if we don’t carry out the consultations in the refugee camps, in the future the report will be having questions [since] the majority of South Sudanese are now in the refugee camps. So their views are important,” he underscored.

According to Moga, the consultation is supposed to undergo three stages but due to funding and time constraints, they will not be able to consult South Sudanese beyond the neighbouring countries.

“We are supposed to [have] nationwide, regional and diaspora consultations – to those in U.S or in Europe, but because of time and also resources, we will just only be going to the refugees.”

“We will be going to Uganda, Kenya, Congo, Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt,” he added.

The technical committee said it carried out nationwide consultations across the 10 states and 3 Administrative Areas.

It revealed that a report on the views of the public have been compiled in order to inform the draft of laws that support truth, reconciliation and healing process.

The peace deal says the Commission for Truth, Reconciliation and Healing (CTRH) shall be established by a legislation which, among others, shall outline mechanisms and methods for enabling the CTRH to discharges its duties and responsibilities.

The public consultations shall ensure that the experiences of women, men, girls and boys are sufficiently documented and the findings of such consultations are incorporated in the resultant legislation.