SOUTH SUDAN / HUMAN RIGHTS FORUM

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Displaced people at a small settlement in South Sudan’s Yambio attended a forum where they learned about their human rights duties and responsibilities, including what to do when they learn about grave violations of human rights, like rape. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / HUMAN RIGHTS FORUM
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SOURCE: UNMISS
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LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / AZANDE /

DATELINE: 13 DECEMBER 2019, RIMENZE, SOUTH SUDAN

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1. Various shots, internally displaced persons attending Human Rights forum
2. SOUNDBITE (Azande) Joyce Mathew, Rimenze Internally Displaced Person:
“What impressed me was the discussion about rape, because I have seen a girl who was raped, but she did not report that she was raped. People started talking about it, and other people advised her not to hide it so that they can take her for treatment. The time they were taking her, she was crying. From what I have heard today, I will report any rape case in my area, and help take her to a place where she can get treatment."
3. Various shots, internally displaced persons attending Human Rights forum
4. SOUNDBITE (Azande) Joyce Mathew, Rimenze Internally Displaced Person:
“What is affecting us here is that, we are not staying peacefully. When you try to do something for survival, unknown people come to you at night, others come during the day. We are running up and down, we don’t have peace, this is what is affecting us in this camp. What we need is our rights so that our minds can be free, and we live in peace to allow us to go to our homes. As we are staying here living in huts, under trees, we cannot cultivate or do anything for survival.”
5. Various shots, internally displaced persons attending Human Rights forum
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Okwa Iwong Morphy, Human Rights Officer, UNMISS:
“We have been able to enlighten the persons living in this camp about human rights in general, their duties and responsibilities, and the fact that they will have to ensure that they report Human Rights violations when they come across violations.”
7. Wide shot, internally displaced persons attending Human Rights forum

STORYLINE:

Displaced people at a small settlement in South Sudan’s Yambio attended a forum where they learned about their human rights duties and responsibilities, including what to do when they learn about grave violations of human rights, like rape.

Under these trees, over two hundred internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Rimenze, in South Sudan’s Western Equatoria Region, came together for a forum organized by UNMISS Human Rights Division as part of commemorating the international Human Rights Day.

For Joyce Mathew, the forum on human rights was an eye opener, as she now knows that perpetrators of the worst violations of human rights like rape can be held accountable.

SOUNDBITE (Azande) Joyce Mathew, Rimenze Internally Displaced Person:
“What impressed me was the discussion about rape, because I have seen a girl who was raped, but she did not report that she was raped. People started talking about it, and other people advised her not to hide it so that they can take her for treatment. The time they were taking her, she was crying. From what I have heard today, I will report any rape case in my area, and help take her to a place where she can get treatment."

Joyce, like other internally displaced persons, believes such workshops will help promote peace among them.

SOUNDBITE (Azande) Joyce Mathew, Rimenze Internally Displaced Person:
“What is affecting us here is that, we are not staying peacefully. When you try to do something for survival, unknown people come to you at night, others come during the day. We are running up and down, we don’t have peace, this is what is affecting us in this camp. What we need is our rights so that our minds can be free, and we live in peace to allow us to go to our homes. As we are staying here living in huts, under trees, we cannot cultivate or do anything for survival.”

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan is working to assure the citizens that they can report cases related to human rights violation and their identity will be protected, in line with the Secretary-General’s Action for Peacekeeping (A4P) initiative.

SOUNDBITE (English) Okwa Iwong Morphy, Human Rights Officer, UNMISS:
“We have been able to enlighten the persons living in this camp about human rights in general, their duties and responsibilities, and the fact that they will have to ensure that they report Human Rights violations when they come across violations.”
Displaced by insecurity in their villages, IDPs have settled close to the Rimenze Catholic church compound since 2016. But even here, their safety is not absolutely guaranteed, with cases of abductions, lootings and gender-based violence reported in early November this year.
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