South Sudan has launched country-wide consultations on the establishment of the Commission on Truth, Reconciliation, and Healing (CTRH) as part of the 2015 peace agreement.
The Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs has formed a technical committee that will leave Juba for 13 major towns across the country to hear and document public views on issues relating to the legislation for the creation of the Commission.
"We are launching the second phase of our work by consulting the masses. We have sensitized them earlier and this time we are going to collect their views on what we have sensitized them about through a questionnaire," Undersecretary of the Ministry of Justice Hon James Mayen Oka said in a statement on Tuesday.
He disclosed that they are very late in undertaking this process, but remain very appreciative to partners in United Nation's Development Program (UNDP) and UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) for their continued support.
The national consultations will be in two phases, the first phase from May 14 to 18 and the second phase from May 25 to June 1 in the target locations of Bor, Torit, Yambio, Rumbek, Wau, Malakal, Leer, Renk, Bentiu, Aweil, Mundri, Yei, and Kuajok.
The questionnaire, with technical support from UNDP and ICTJ, is composed of 21 questions to be anonymously answered by randomly selected respondents about their views for design and setting up of the commission.
Views collected during the consultations will form the basis for drafting the CTRH legislation that will be approved by the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU).