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HRC40: Statement by Denmark on the Interactive Dialogue: Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan 

12.03.2019 

Interactive Dialogue: Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan,
National Intervention by Denmark
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Thank you, Mr. President,
Denmark aligns itself with the statement made by the European Union.
We thank the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan for its important work. The gross human rights violations documented in the report highlight the importance of renewing the mandate of the Commission.

The signing of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan provides the best opportunity in a long time for sustainable peace. Denmark strongly encourages all parties to fully commit themselves to the implementation process.
Denmark is deeply concerned about the continuous violent attacks on civilians and abuses of human rights taking place in South Sudan. We condemn the recent killings and displacements of civilians in Yei River State, and urge all parties to respect international law.

Reporting on the human rights abuses happening on the ground in South Sudan is a stepping stone for ending impunity. In this regard, the work of The Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring and Verification Mechanism is crucial, and we urge all parties to respect its role.
Denmark strongly condemns the conflict related sexual violence against 175 women and girls in northern Unity last year, and supports the Commission’s investigations into these brutal human rights violations. The endemic impunity towards this must no longer be tolerated.

In September, the soldiers guilty of murdering local journalist, John Gatluak, and raping foreign aid workers were prosecuted. This is a positive step. But justice has not yet been provided to the many South Sudanese victims of conflict related violence, including sexual and gender-based violence. Denmark therefore calls on the South Sudanese government to accept and assist the African Union in setting up the long overdue Hybrid Court. What are the prospects for ensuring the needed accountability?

Thank you, Mr. President