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S Sudan to host transitional justice conference next week

S Sudan to host transitional justice conference next week
Dr. Martin Elia Lomuro, Minister of Cabinet Affairs. Credit | Daniel Garang Deng

The high-level standing committee for the implementation of the Revitalized Peace Agreement (R-ARCSS) has announced that the government will host a conference on Transitional Justice system in Juba next week.

The committee extends the invitation to all the public members, civil society activists, religious leaders and all the government officials from the national, 10 states and 3 administrative areas to attend the conference at Freedom Hall from Monday 15th to Thursday 18 May.

“Specifically, the conference will provide material to enrich the draft bills for the establishment of the commission for Truth Reconciliation and Healing (CTRH) and the Compensation and Reparation Authority (CRA) provided for under chapter 5 of the R-ARCSS,” said Dr. Martin Elia Lomuro, minister of cabinet affairs and the secretary general of the high-level committee.

Chapter five (5) of the 2018 Revitalized Peace Agreement on the Resolutions of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) detailed the processes of Transitional Justice, Accountability,
Reconciliation and Healing.

Under this chapter three institutions are to be established and that is, The Commission for Truth, Reconciliation and Healing (CTRH); An independent hybrid judicial body, to be known as the Hybrid
Court for South Sudan (HCSS) and the Compensation and Reparation Authority (CRA).

The institutions were to be established within the first six (6) months of the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity but four years down, non of the three institutions has been established.

The conference will feature experts from South Africa, Gambia, Rwanda, Sierra Leon, Congo and Ethiopia and independence experts from the African Union (AU), Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), United Nations (UN agencies) and transitional Justice lawyers.

The conference will be held under the theme: Building a South Sudan Model for Transitional Justice System.