UN: South Sudan ‘breached legal obligations’

Hilde Johnson, special representative of the secretary-general for South Sudan. Photo by: Isaac Billy / United Nations

A human rights officer of the U.N. Mission in South Sudan has been relocated to the organization’s office in Uganda after being expelled from the world’s youngest country.

South Sudan’s decision is a “breach of its legal obligations” under the U.N. charter, according to Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan Hilde Johnson. In an official statement, Johnson said clarifications and protests against the government’s order have reached President Salva Kiir Maryadit but “the order has not been rescinded.”

“Unethical” reports alleging human rights abuses that were published in August were reportedly the reason for the official’s expulsion, according to BBC. But a core element of UNMISS’ mandate is to monitor, investigate and report on the human rights situation in the country.

“Should there be any serious complaints or evidence related to individual staff members’ conduct, we trust that the government will bring this to our attention and follow due process in accordance with international obligations,” Johnson said.

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