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Indian-origin lawyer Yasmin Sooka to chair UN commission on human rights in South Sudan

Indian-origin lawyer Yasmin Sooka to chair UN commission on human rights in South Sudan
25 June 2016 Current Affairs: South African Indian-origin lawyer Yasmin Sooka has been appointed to chairman of three member UN commission (committee) to monitor the human rights situation in South Sudan.

 The committee was constituted by the United Nations Human Right Council (UNHRC) resolution 31/20 which was adopted by consensus, the 47-member body.

Other two members of the committee are Kenneth R. Scott (US) and Godfrey M. Musila (Kenya). The committee has been tasked to monitor human rights violations in South Sudan and make recommendations for the process of transitional justice, healing and reconciliation. 

The Commissioners will serve in their personal capacities and shall provide guidance to the South Sudan Government on transitional justice, accountability and reconciliation issues. It will also engage with regional and international mechanisms to promote accountability for human rights violations and abuses. The committee will have tenure of one year and shall present a comprehensive written report to the UNHRC at its 34th regular session in March 2017.

Yasmin Sooka  : She has vast experience in global human rights matters. Currently she is serving as the Executive Director of the Foundation for Human Rights (FHR) in South Africa. She was also a leading anti-apartheid activist and had served on the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) established by former President Nelson Mandela. She also had served on the UN’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Sierra Leone from 2002-2004. She also had advised the UN Secretary General on accountability for war crimes committed during the final stages of the war in Sri Lanka .

The UNHRC had constituted Commission following calls for investigation into alleged atrocities committed by the government and rebel forces before an independent South Sudan was carved out of the larger Sudan in 2011 over the issue of ethnicity.


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