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Sierra Leone Urges UN Human Rights Council To Support South Sudan’s Efforts Towards Sustainable Peace

Sierra Leone Urges UN Human Rights Council To Support South Sudan’s Efforts Towards Sustainable Peace11

Geneva, Switzerland, Friday, March 12, 2021:  Sierra Leone today urged the ongoing 46th Session of the Human Rights Council to remove South Sudan from the Council's Agenda Item 4 to Agenda Item 10 to ensure the country receives adequate technical assistance in the field of human rights as it has emerged from conflict towards sustainable peace.

Delivering Sierra Leone's statement, the Deputy Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Sierra Leone to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva, Switzerland, His Excellency Samuel Saffa, Esq. commended South Sudan's continued engagement with the Human Rights Council and other rights mechanisms.

Sierra Leone notes with appreciation that two years since the signing of the Revitalized Peace Agreement, South Sudan has established a Government of National Unity and completed the formation of state governments as recently as February 2021, demonstrating firm commitment, albeit with some challenges to democratic", Deputy Ambassador Saffa noted. 

Deputy Ambassador Saffa explained that as a post-conflict country with experience of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Special War Crimes Tribunal, the Government of Sierra Leone would support South Sudan's initiative of a taskforce that will lead to the establishment of the hybrid court and other transitional justice mechanisms.

Recently, His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio joined First Lady Fatima Maada Bio and other eminent Sierra Leonean women on "Women in Leadership", in commemorating International Women's Day, during which the President highlighted efforts to enact an Affirmative Action Bill 2021 to increase the level of women participation in the governance of the state as necessary for nation-building.  

Inspired by the President's statement, His Excellency Samuel U.B. Saffa Esq. "…urged all parties to the Revitalised Peace Agreement to uphold and respect the 35% quota for women's participation in all governance institutions."

Deputy Ambassador Saffa encouraged dialogue and reconciliation among all stakeholders in South Sudan to emulate Sierra Leone's national human rights progress report recently submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Council, marking a milestone in President Bio's commitment to promoting and respecting human rights issues in Sierra Leone.

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