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Australian statement for the Enhanced Interactive Dialogue on the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan, 23 September 2021

Human Rights Council – 48th session

Enhanced Interactive Dialogue:  Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan

23 September 2021

Australian Statement

Australia thanks the Commission for its update and continues to support its important work. .

Australia congratulates South Sudan on its 10th anniversary as an independent state.

We welcome recent developments, including a reconstituted Transitional National Legislative Assembly, and initial steps to develop the permanent constitution.

Despite these promising signs, we are concerned progress towards implementing the Revitalized Agreement remains inadequate including to achieve the agreed quota for women in government positions. Political infighting, internal grievances and community violence continue to deprive citizens of peace, safety and stability.

We continue to urge all parties to take action to address the concerning levels of conflict-related sexual violence.

Australia condemns attacks on civilians and humanitarian workers. We are concerned insecurity continues to impact humanitarian supply routes at a time when the country has reached the most extreme levels of food insecurity since independence.

We call on South Sudan to support an open civic space, including the protection and promotion of the rights to freedom of speech, expression, peaceful assembly and association.

Australia asks the Commission what can be done to support timely preparations for peaceful and inclusive elections?

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