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Speaking at the UN Human Rights Council today, Amnesty International said that although the formation of the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity started on 22 February, serious human rights violations continue to be fuelled by impunity.

It said that non-state armed groups and government security forces still sporadically clash and fighting between ethnic groups has surged dramatically this year, with worrying UN reports Indicating that more organized forces are participating in the violence.

The violence has resulted in the abductions of civilians, killings of hundreds of civilians, sexual violence, and the displacement of thousands. The organization pointed out that respect for the right to freedom of opinion and expression remains under significant threat.

Real or perceived government critics are at high risk of arbitrary arrest and prolonged detention. For example, on 29 May, the National Security Service arbitrarily arrested and detained Kanybil Noon, a civil society representative member of a peace agreement body.

After 117 days in detention in poor health, without access to medical services and without charges, he was released on 22 September.

Amnesty International also said it regrets that the authorities have failed to take meaningful steps towards establishing the Hybrid Court for South Sudan, prompting over 250 civil society organizations, including South Sudanese, to request the AU in July to take unilateral action to establish the court immediately.


It concluded its statement by asking the Commissioners to detail all major outstanding obstacles preventing the fulfillment of victims’ right to truth, justice and reparations and whether they support the growing call for the Hybrid Court for South Sudan to be established by the AU unilaterally.

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