National statement by the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Item 4: Enhanced Interactive Dialogue with the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan

Madam President,

The Kingdom of the Netherlands aligns itself with the EU statement and we thank the Commission for its valuable work.

The formation of the transitional unity government in February last year was very encouraging. However, the Netherlands is deeply concerned about the increase of subnational violence in different parts of the country, that has resulted in a high number of fatalities, incidences of sexual and gender-based violence, forced displacement, and other human rights abuses. We’d furthermore like to draw attention to the fact that, despite some improvements, humanitarian access continues to be constrained. In addition, we are deeply concerned by the continued restrictions on civic space.

We call on the unity government to step up efforts to stop human rights violations, to respect international humanitarian law, and to hold perpetrators accountable, to safeguard freedom of expression, and to ensure the safety of journalists and human rights defenders.

Now is the opportunity to take concrete steps towards the full implementation of Chapter 5 of the peace agreement.

Distinguished members of the Commission,

What are, in your opinion, the most urgent steps that the new government should take to fully implement Chapter 5 of the peace agreement?

Thank you.