GENEVA (17 May 2022) – The UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ilze Brands Kehris, today begins a three-day
mission to South Sudan followed by a visit to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 20 to 23 May.
In South Sudan, Brands Kehris will meet national and local authorities, civil society representatives and human rights
defenders, as well as international and regional partners. She will visit sites for internally displaced people in Juba
and in the town of Yei.
Brands Kehris will have exchanges with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and the United Nations Country
Team to discuss ongoing efforts to promote human rights, peace and justice.
From Juba, Brands Kehris will travel to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to attend the launch of the African Union, European Union
and United Nations joint project for the enhancement and operationalization of the African Union Compliance and
This partnership project aims to ensure that AU peace support operations are planned and conducted in compliance with
international human rights law, including regional human rights instruments, and international humanitarian law, as well
as applicable standards of conduct and discipline.