It is with great pleasure that we share the news of the appointment of HRREC’s member, Professor Pacifique Manirakiza to the Commission of Inquiry charged with investigating human rights violations committed during the armed conflict that erupted in South Sudan in mid-December 2013
The Commission was created by the African Union’s Peace and Security Council (PSC) after consultations with the different parties involved in the conflict. The PSC has set out the following mandate: “To investigate the human rights violations and other abuses committed during the armed conflict in South Sudan, and make recommendations on the best way and means to ensure accountability, reconciliation and healing among all South Sudanese communities.”
Four other members will join Prof. Manirakiza on the Commission, including former President of Nigeria and former Chairperson of the African Union, Olusegun Obasanjo, who will act as the Commission’s Chair. The other committee members are Lady Justice Sophia A.B. Akuffo, President and Justice of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights based in Arusha, Tanzania; Professor Mahmood Mamdani, Executive Director of the Makerere Institute of Social Research at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda; and Ms. Bineta Diop, recently appointed as the African Union Chairperson’s Special Envoy for Women, Peace and Security.
In addition to his role as a professor in French Program at the Common Law Section, Prof. Manirakiza is currently a Commissioner at the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights based in Banjul, The Gambia. He specializes in international criminal law, including the fight against international crimes before national and international tribunals.
This is an extremely prestigious and well-earned appointment for Prof. Manirakiza, the Common Law Section and the HRREC wishes him and the other members of the Commission the best of luck with this difficult and important mandate.
Congratulations Professeur Manirakiza