SOUTH SUDAN / HUMAN RIGHTS DAY

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13-Dec-2021 00:04:33
Marking the International Human Rights Day in Juba, the UN mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) together with the South Sudan Human Rights Commission held a special event in an effort to promote human rights and equality across the nation. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / HUMAN RIGHTS DAY
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SOURCE: UNMISS
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LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 10 DECEMBER 2021, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

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1. Various shots, traditional dancers and quests sitting in the hall
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Irena Angelova, Unmiss Human Rights Division:
“I particularly wish to reiterate the role independent national human rights institutions and civil society organizations should play in the protection and promotion of human rights. Towards this end, I continue to call for a conducive and independent civic space as well as a protective environment for human rights defenders and civil society activists in South Sudan to effectively execute their human rights mandate.”
3. Various shots, guest in the hall listening
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Benny Gideon Mador, South Sudan Human Rights Commissioner:
“Today, we need to remind ourselves that South Sudan was born out of a protracted conflict, that was a protracted fight for human dignity and advancement of human rights and fundamental freedoms. So, the community oppressors are equally aware that equality for all were among the core values and principles for present day South Sudan. Therefore, in parallel, the principles of equality and non-discrimination are enshrined in the transitional constitution of the Republic of South Sudan 2011, under article 14, that all persons are equal before the law and are entitled to equal protection of the law, without discrimination in relation to race, ethnic origin, colour, sex, language, religion or social status.”
5. Various shots, people sitting in the hall
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Irena Angelova, Unmiss Human Rights Division:
“The pandemic has definitely reminded us all of a simple truth: that a world that fully respects the human rights of all is a world better prepared to deal with and recover from all crises. For South Sudan, recovery includes emerging from the devasting effects of conflict to an environment where respect and protection of human rights of all is a key priority.”
7. Med shot, SSPDF Officers sitting
8. Close up, UNMISS staff sitting
9. Close up, SSPDF Officer looking

STORYLINE:

Traditional dancers and singers kept the crowd entertained with messages of peace at a special event to celebrate International Human Rights Day in Juba, the capital of South Sudan. The event was hosted by the United Nations peacekeeping mission in collaboration with the South Sudan Human Rights Commission in an effort to promote human rights and equality across the nation.

In the midst of the celebration was a serious message to national and local authorities to extend respect and protection to all stakeholders in the peace process following increasing threats and harassment of media and civil society.

SOUNDBITE (English) Irena Angelova, Unmiss Human Rights Division:
“I particularly wish to reiterate the role independent national human rights institutions and civil society organizations should play in the protection and promotion of human rights. Towards this end, I continue to call for a conducive and independent civic space as well as a protective environment for human rights defenders and civil society activists in South Sudan to effectively execute their human rights mandate.”

There has also been concern about the need to strengthen the justice chain to ensure that perpetrators of violence and criminal acts are held to account. The current lack of accountability is emboldening these perpetrators and fueling abuses across the country, particularly against women and girls. Listening to this message within the audience were many members of the security forces.

SOUNDBITE (English) Benny Gideon Mador, South Sudan Human Rights Commissioner:
“Today, we need to remind ourselves that South Sudan was born out of a protracted conflict, that was a protracted fight for human dignity and advancement of human rights and fundamental freedoms. So, the community oppressors are equally aware that equality for all were among the core values and principles for present day South Sudan. Therefore, in parallel, the principles of equality and non-discrimination are enshrined in the transitional constitution of the Republic of South Sudan 2011, under article 14, that all persons are equal before the law and are entitled to equal protection of the law, without discrimination in relation to race, ethnic origin, colour, sex, language, religion or social status.”

It has been a long journey for South Sudan from civil war to fragile peace and recovery. Human rights abuses remain a pervasive problem, with at least 1859 civilians killed, injured, abducted or subjected to conflict-related sexual violence in the first half of this year. As part of its mandate, UNMISS monitors, investigates, and reports publicly these violations and also works to build a vibrant human rights culture among all sectors of society through training, mentoring and the provision of technical support.

SOUNDBITE (English) Irena Angelova, Unmiss Human Rights Division:
“The pandemic has definitely reminded us all of a simple truth: that a world that fully respects the human rights of all is a world better prepared to deal with and recover from all crises. For South Sudan, recovery includes emerging from the devasting effects of conflict to an environment where respect and protection of human rights of all is a key priority.”

It is hoped that, by working together, the people of this new nation can reduce inequality and advance human rights to ensure peaceful and meaningful lives for all.
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