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AU investigates South Sudan Human Rights abuse-Zuma

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At last African Union wakes up from long slumber to investigate both sides’ roles in human rights abuse in South Sudan.

Addis Ababa

*At last AU chief visits Juba

*She does not plan to visit Bangui

*Why is AU so paralysed?

The Chairperson of the AU Commission (AUC), Dr Dlamini Zuma has said that the Commission would set up a panel to investigate alleged human rights violations in the ongoing South Sudan conflict.

Zuma made the disclosure while addressing a group of newsmen on Tuesday in Addis Ababa, after a one-day working visit to Juba, capital of the Republic of South Sudan.

During the visit Zuma had met with South Sudan President, Salvar Kiir and those detained by the administration since the start of the conflict in December 2013.

The AUC chairperson stressed the urgency for both parties to sign an agreement “to stop the killings and other human rights violations”.

She said the commission would also address the issue of accountability in accordance with the resolution of the AU Peace and Security Council (PSC), during its meeting of Dec. 30, 2013 in Banjul, The Gambia.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Banjul meeting held at the level of Heads of States and Government, mandated the commission to set up a panel of inquiry into the recent events in South Sudan.

Zuma said the panel would address issues of rights violations, and assist the government and people to strengthen existing institutions to promote reconciliation and healing for sustainable peace in the country.

According to her, the parties in the conflict have offered different explanations on the root causes of the current crisis but are all agreed that it is a political problem requiring political rather than military solution.

“They also agreed on the urgency of an immediate and unconditional signing of a cessation of hostilities agreement to stop the killing and the suffering of the people of South Sudan.

“The detainees reiterated their position that their release should not be used as a pre-condition for the conclusion of the cessation of hostilities agreement, emphasising that no condition could morally justify the continued senseless killing of fellow South Sudanese people.

“Both parties also agreed on the need to address the issue of accountability.

“In this regard, they supported the establishment of the Commission of Inquiry along its terms and conditions and undertook to collaborate with it,’’ Zuma said.

Meanwhile, talks had resumed in Addis Ababa between the South Sudan’s government and the opposition group after a break to conclude consultations ahead of the expected signing of a cease fire agreement.

An official of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), coordinating the talks, told NAN that an agreement is expected before the end of the week to end the fighting which had so far claimed more than 1,000 persons and displaced about 500,000 others. (NAN)

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