Advancing human rights in South Sudan



UN Body

Human Rights Council



Session Type


Agenda Item


Country Concerned

South Sudan




  • This is one of two competing resolutions on South Sudan in the same session. Although it praises the government, it is still deemed condemnatory because it directly attributes violations to the government and was rejected by South Sudan.
  • The resolution renews the mandate of the Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan in spite of the objection of South Sudan. The African Group also regretted that there were two resolutions on South Sudan again this year.

Main Sponsors

United Kingdom, Albania, Norway, United States


Yes - 19, No - 9, Abstain - 19, Absent - 0

Key Praise


Key Criticism

  • "Expressing alarm at the reports documented by the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan of ongoing human rights violations and abuses by both State and non-State actors, including extrajudicial killings, forced disappearances, pervasive sexual and gender-based violence, including conflict-related sexual violence, arbitrary arrests and detentions, torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, excessive restrictions on freedoms of expression and peaceful assembly in South Sudan…"
  • "Notes with regret the lack of sufficient progress in the implementation of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan since its signature and, while noting that many elements of the Revitalized Agreement that are critical to guaranteeing an enduring and sustainable peace in South Sudan are still to be implemented..."
  • "Expresses its deep concern at the harassment, intimidation, arbitrary arrest and enforced disappearance of, and other attacks against, human rights defenders, members of civil society organizations, media workers and humanitarian workers, and other individuals..."
  • "Decides to extend the mandate of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan, composed of three members, for a further period of one year."
  • "Calls upon South Sudan to make further progress under the Revitalized Agreement and the road map to a peaceful and democratic end to the transition period of the Revitalized Agreement without delay…"

Full Vote

  • Yes19

    • Argentina
    • Belgium
    • Chile
    • Costa Rica
    • Czech Republic
    • Finland
    • France
    • Georgia
    • Germany
    • Honduras
    • Lithuania
    • Luxembourg
    • Mexico
    • Montenegro
    • Paraguay
    • Romania
    • Ukraine
    • United Kingdom
    • United States
  • No9

    • Algeria
    • Bolivia
    • China
    • Ivory Coast
    • Cuba
    • Eritrea
    • Senegal
    • Somalia
    • Sudan
  • Abstain19

    • Bangladesh
    • Benin
    • Cameroon
    • Gabon
    • Gambia
    • India
    • Kazakhstan
    • Kyrgyzstan
    • Malawi
    • Malaysia
    • Maldives
    • Morocco
    • Nepal
    • Pakistan
    • Qatar
    • South Africa
    • United Arab Emirates
    • Uzbekistan
    • Vietnam
  • Absent0