The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet welcomed the peace agreement between the interim government of Sudan and major rebel groups, but recalled that this “hugely positive” milestone must be accompanied by “justice, truth and compensation” for the victims of barbarism and their families.
“I call on all parties to ensure that human rights remain an axis of the peace agreement and its implementation,” said Bachelet one day after the pact between the Sudanese government and the Revolutionary Front of Sudan (SRF) was signed which the parties are trying to end more than 17 years of conflict in the African country.
The signed text proposes the establishment of a special court to investigate the crimes committed in Darfur, the establishment of a transitional justice system and the introduction of reconciliation mechanisms, all of which, in Bachelet’s view, are positive obligations.
“All those responsible for human rights abuses committed during the conflicts in Sudan must be held accountable according to due process and promptly,” warned the former Chilean president in a statement calling on Sudan to hold on international treaties that you have not yet ratified.
The High Commissioner also warned of other challenges ahead, such as the inter-community violence that has erupted in the east of the country in recent weeks and which has resulted in dozens of casualties. For this reason he has asked the central government to take “all necessary measures” to protect the civilian population.