Current and Past Recommendations to the UN Security Council (Monthly Action Points)
South Sudan (March 2023)
In the forthcoming renewal of the mandate of UNMISS, the Security Council should:
Call on UNMISS and other relevant actors to support civil society advocacy for fundamental rights — including freedom of assembly, association and speech — and to strengthen monitoring and reporting on threats and reprisals targeting women peacebuilders, human rights defenders, civil society leaders and women’s rights organizations; further emphasize the importance of creating an enabling environment that allows civil society to carry out their work safely and freely as central to sustainable peace.
Call on parties to prioritize accountability advancing the operationalization of the hybrid court alongside the Commission for Truth, Reconciliation and Healing and other transitional justice mechanisms laid out in Chapter V of the R-ARCSS and emphasize that the mechanisms must be designed and developed with women’s full, equal and meaningful participation and leadership, and be gender-responsive, inclusive, accessible and fully resourced.
Call on the mission to ground all its efforts pertaining to prevention of conflict in gender-sensitive conflict analysis, accounting for community-identified root causes of conflict and violence, and request that future reports mainstream gender-sensitive conflict analysis.
Call on all authorities in South Sudan to protect and uphold human rights, including women’s rights, address impunity for violations of such rights, ensure a safe and enabling environment for civil society, and enact legislation that protects the rights of women human rights defenders, peace activists and humanitarian personnel in line with international human rights standards.