SOUTH SUDAN / HUMAN RIGHTS FORUM

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08-Dec-2022 00:06:47
The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and its partners convened a National Human Rights Forum - with a theme focused on economic challenges, and how rights to access of adequate services have been affected. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / HUMAN RIGHTS FORUM
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SOURCE: UNMISS
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DATELINE: 2022, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN / FILE

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RECENT 2022, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

1. Various shots, Human Rights Forum participants
2. Various shots, man communicating through sign language

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3. Various shots, rural community meeting and spelling out needs

RECENT 2022, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

4. Various shots, participants
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Musa Gassama, Director of Human Rights Division, at the United Nations Mission in South Sudan:
“We recognize the ongoing commitments of the government in addressing most of the concerns raised by the international community also by citizens of South Sudan. I'll address it again - economic cultural rights is one of it and I could see a lot of the commitments by government through the UPR (Universal Periodic Review) process in addressing these rights. So I think it's important for us to continue reminding government of their commitment on addressing such important rights especially through implementing the various recommendations coming from UPR, but also coming from the order organs of the United Nations and other institutions or mechanisms.”

FILE – SOUTH SUDAN

6. Various shots, meeting in progress at Cabinet Affairs Ministry

2022, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

7. Various shots, Human Rights Forum in session
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Nyuol Justin Yaac, Acting Chair, South Sudan Human Rights Commission:
“We'll have to look inwards as a people and make sure that we can link the documents that the government has signed voluntarily and link this to the economic situation that we have and there is three fundamental documents that we need to look at. One - is the Millennium Development Goals (Sustainable Development Goals), two - is that Africa gender 2063, and three - is the peace agreement itself. Our African Union ambassador talked of chapter four of the agreement, but the missing link in that is the institutions that are inherently built into the agreement to fulfill and realize the things provided for on the chapter 4.”
9. Various shots, Human Rights session
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Filberto Mayuot Mareng, Head of Legal Administration Ministry of Finance:
“The Government has to have a strong political will, in making things you look better than they have been. We have issues of government revenue collection. If this money is properly collected there will be money. There will be funds both salaries, basic services for the people. There should also be reforms in the oil industry. Oil proceeds should be properly managed. If this is done of course we [will] have funds, we have money and then this situation will change on the ground terms of provision of required services like health, education, security.”
11. Various shots, Human Rights forum

STORYLINE:

A participant at a recent human rights forum held in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, raises to his feet to express his views about the lack of basic services.

He speaks for many others with disabilities.

As he signs, his sentiments are spelt out through a sign interpreter. He highlights a list of issues which includes economic challenges for those with disabilities.

An additional challenge that he and others that are disabled, is marginalization.

The room of 120 other participants listens, silently.

The economic concerns he articulates are also being experienced by other citizens across the world’s youngest country.

It is with the backdrop of a volatile economic environment, a fluctuating currency and inflation, that the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), in collaboration with the South Sudan Human Rights Commission and various civil society organizations, convened the 11th National Human Rights Forum - with a theme focused on economic challenges, and how rights to access of adequate services have been affected.

The forum brought together senior government officials, civil society organisations, members of the academia and the diplomatic community, to map a way forward for the promotion of human rights being experienced in hard economic times.

In his opening remarks, top human rights official from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, Musa Gassama, called on the government to increase the access of basic services for people.

SOUNDBITE (English) Musa Gassama, Director of Human Rights Division, at the United Nations Mission in South Sudan:
“We recognize the ongoing commitments of the government in addressing most of the concerns raised by the international community also by citizens of South Sudan. I'll address it again - economic cultural rights is one of it and I could see a lot of the commitments by government through the UPR (Universal Periodic Review) process in addressing these rights. So I think it's important for us to continue reminding government of their commitment on addressing such important rights especially through implementing the various recommendations coming from UPR, but also coming from the order organs of the United Nations and other institutions or mechanisms.”

According to the Human Rights Council, the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a process which involves a review of the human rights records of all UN Member States. It is a State-driven process, under the auspices of the Human Rights Council, which provides the opportunity for each State to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to fulfil their human rights obligations.

As the forum takes stock of hits and misses, top official of the country’s human rights watchdog, encouraged the establishment and maintaining of financial institutions aimed at improving the country’s financial institutions.

SOUNDBITE (English) Nyuol Justin Yaac, Acting Chair, South Sudan Human Rights Commission:
“We'll have to look inwards as a people and make sure that we can link the documents that the government has signed voluntarily and link this to the economic situation that we have and there is three fundamental documents that we need to look at. One - is the Millennium Development Goals (Sustainable Development Goals), two - is that Africa gender 2063, and three - is the peace agreement itself. Our African Union ambassador talked of chapter four of the agreement, but the missing link in that is the institutions that are inherently built into the agreement to fulfill and realize the things provided for on the chapter 4 and I think those institutions have not yet been formed. There's a need to form them we talking about public disposal, procurement and all those we need to make sure those institutions are formed so that chapter four can actually get up and running.”

Different groups at the forum said that financial reforms would allow for the generation of funds, which will in turn ensure the funding for services needed.

SOUNDBITE (English) Filberto Mayuot Mareng, Head of Legal Administration Ministry of Finance:
The Government has to have a strong political will, in making things you look better than they have been. We have issues of government revenue collection. If this money is properly collected there will be money. There will be funds both salaries, basic services for the people. There should also be reforms in the oil industry. Oil proceeds should be properly managed. If this is done of course we [will] have funds, we have money and then this situation will change on the ground terms of provision of required services like health, education, security.”

As the South Sudan Human Rights Forum continues to dialogue with different interlocutors, with an aim of promoting the protection of human rights in the country, it is hoped that human rights concerns’ it flags to the government, will impact positively on the lives of every citizen – be they disabled or not.
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