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Indian-origin lawyer to chair UN commission in South Sudan

Human rights activist Yasmin Sooka

Johannesburg, June 27 (UITV)- Yasmin Sooka, the South African Indian-origin lawyer and long-time human rights activist, was appointed to chair a UN commission on 24 June 2016. The commission will monitor the human rights situation in South Sudan and make recommendations for their improvement.

Sooka will serve together with Kenneth Scott from the US and Godfrey Musila of Kenya on the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan.

The UN resolved to establish the Commission following calls for investigation into alleged atrocities by both government and rebel forces before an independent South Sudan was carved out of the larger Sudan in 2011.

Sooka carries vast experience in global human rights matters. She is currently the Executive Director of the Foundation for Human Rights (FHR) in South Africa. FRH is a grant making institution that implements programmes that promote and protect human rights.

Earlier, Sooka has served on the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) established by former President Nelson Mandela from 1996-2001, assisting with the final report of the Commission.

The Commission will provide guidance to the government of South Sudan on transitional justice, accountability and reconciliation issues. It will also engage with international and regional mechanisms to promote accountability for human rights violations and abuses.