Advancing human rights in South Sudan



UN Body

Human Rights Council



Session Type

HRC Regular

Agenda Item


Country Concerned

South Sudan




  • Although the resolution contains both criticism and praise and the criticism is mild compared to other resolutions, this is deemed condemnatory due to South Sudan's ongoing objection to this resolution. As in years past, a second resolution on South Sudan under Agenda Item 10, supported by South Sudan, was adopted by consensus.

Main Sponsors

Albania, Norway, United Kingdom, United States


Yes - 21, No - 8, Abstain - 18, Absent - 0

Key Praise

  • "Welcoming the accession by South Sudan to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Optional Protocol thereto, and the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa."
  • "Welcoming also the ratification by South Sudan of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict…"
  • "Welcomes and expresses its appreciation to the Government of South Sudan for its continued cooperation with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the special procedures of the Human Rights Council and the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan in the fulfilment of their mandates…"
  • "Also welcomes and expresses its appreciation to the Government of South Sudan having facilitated a visit by the members of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan to the country in February 2024…"

Key Criticism

  • "Expressing grave concern at the reports documented by the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan of ongoing human rights violations and abuses…"
  • "Notes with regret that many elements of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan that are critical to guaranteeing an enduring and sustainable peace in South Sudan and promoting accountability for victims of human rights violations and abuses and violations of international humanitarian law remain mostly unimplemented…"
  • "Expresses its deep concern at further restrictions to democratic and civic space in South Sudan…as well as undue restrictions on the rights to freedom of opinion and expression, online and offline, and to the freedom of peaceful assembly and of association."
  • "Reaffirms the importance of the mandate of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan, with continued emphasis on the need to establish the facts and circumstances of, to collect and preserve evidence of and to clarify responsibility for alleged violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes in South Sudan…"
  • "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."

Full Vote

  • Yes21

    • Albania
    • Argentina
    • Belgium
    • Bulgaria
    • Chile
    • Costa Rica
    • Dominican Republic
    • Finland
    • France
    • Georgia
    • Germany
    • Honduras
    • Japan
    • Kyrgyzstan
    • Lithuania
    • Luxembourg
    • Montenegro
    • Netherlands
    • Paraguay
    • Romania
    • United States
  • No8

    • Algeria
    • Burundi
    • China
    • Ivory Coast
    • Cuba
    • Eritrea
    • Somalia
    • Sudan
  • Abstain18

    • Bangladesh
    • Benin
    • Brazil
    • Cameroon
    • Gambia
    • Ghana
    • India
    • Indonesia
    • Kazakhstan
    • Kuwait
    • Malawi
    • Malaysia
    • Maldives
    • Morocco
    • Qatar
    • South Africa
    • United Arab Emirates
    • Vietnam
  • Absent0