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Friday, August 10, 2018 - 15:26
South Sudanese leaders should not undermine their efforts to bring an end to the conflict with an amnesty for war crimes and crimes against humanity, says Human Rights Watch Associate International Justice Director.
Elise Keppler complains that amnesty for atrocities shows it is no way to build a lasting peace.
The official was reacting after President Salva Kiir offered a “general amnesty” to heads of armed groups on Wednesday.
He calls on South Sudan leaders to should make clear that the amnesty does not cover grave crimes by all parties since the conflict began.
“The lack of accountability for serious crimes is a cause of South Sudan’s crisis, not a solution,” Keppler points out.
The Directors adds that “survivors of atrocities in South Sudan are strongly demanding justice.
The official urges South Sudan leaders to take urgent steps to make the hybrid court a reality as efforts to end the conflict continue.
The African Commission on Human and People’s Rights has also rejected amnesty for serious crimes.

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