— A UN human rights body on Wednesday began a 19-day
mission to South Sudan, Ethiopia and Uganda to examine human
rights situations there.
A statement from the UN Commission of
Human Rights in South Sudan said they will meet political and
community leaders, refugees and internally displaced people as
well as members of the international community regarding the
human rights situation in South Sudan.
“During their mission to South Sudan,
the Commissioners, Yasmin Sooka, Ken Scott and Godfrey
Musila, are scheduled to meet a number of ministers,
parliamentarians, police, judicial officers, military
officials and they have requested a meeting with President
Salva Kiir,” the statement said.
“They will also conduct a number of
visits to camps in Juba and Bentiu prior to their departure from
South Sudan,” it said.
According to the statement, from Juba,
the UN rights Commissioners will then visit Addis Ababa, where
they will meet leaders of the African Union, the
Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) as well as
other members of the international community and civil society.
They will then proceed to Kampala and
Adjumani in Uganda, where they will visit the refugee
settlements housing South Sudanese refugees.
The Commission is scheduled to present
a comprehensive written report to the Human Rights Council at
its 34th regular session in March 2017.