SOUTH SUDAN / HUMAN RIGHTS WORKSHOP

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A-three-day workshop on international Human Rights treaties for 60 parliamentarians of the Reconstituted Transitional National Legislative Assembly (RTNLA) organized by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and the national non-governmental organization Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO) has just concluded in South Sudan’s capital Juba. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / HUMAN RIGHTS WORKSHOP
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DATELINE: 7 SEPTEMBER 2023, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

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1. Wide shot, participants at workshop
2. Various shots, participants at workshop
3. Med shot, banners
4. Med shot, set up of Human Rights Director at UNMSS
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Musa Yerro Gassama, Director of Human Rights Division, United Nations Mission in South Sudan:
“This workshop, or this conversation, should provide you additional information and understanding, of what parliament can do in contributing further to the promotion and protection of human rights, by engaging with the legislative framework for the endearment of human rights for everyone. On our part, as part of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, but also as part of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, we have been constantly engaging various stakeholders in South Sudan, providing whatever support we can, including supporting the government to engage with human rights bodies, especially in the area of the Universal Periodic Review. We also work with civil society to ensure that they also have their own perspective on how human rights is enjoyed in South Sudan.”
6. Various shots, participants
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Musa Yerro Gassama, Director of Human Rights Division, United Nations Mission in South Sudan:
“It is also important to emphasis the role of parliament. The legislative assembly plays a very important role, in promoting and protecting human rights by translating international human rights obligations into concrete domestic actions and also collaborating with the United Nations and regional bodies to ensure compliance with these treaties. Parliament also plays a crucial role in converting recommendations produced by international human rights mechanisms such as the Universal Periodic Review, the special procedures of human rights council and the whole treaty system, into domestic legislation and policies to ensure their subsequent implementation within the nation, for the benefit of the people.”
8. Various shots, participants
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Nathaniel Oyet, First Deputy Speaker, National Legislative Assembly:
“It is important to note, honorable members, that the enjoyment of human rights may not come unless we arrange our governance systems in a way that protect and promote human rights. Human Rights principals should not remain on paper, in our constitution or in different institutions, but they have to be translated in the day-to-day lives of our citizens. The executive arm of the government plays a key role in protection and promotion of human rights by ensuring the service deliveries such as education which responds directly to the rights to education; health, which also responds directly to the social rights.”
10. Various shots, participants
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Lawrence Kamilo, Senior Legal Advisor, Office of the Ministry of Justice
“We have a lot of files we need to implement. We must ensure that the instrument that we became members are properly implemented. Those instruments that we signed as country are supposed to be in uniformity with the national arena. Uniformity in terms of employment, in terms of protection and promotion of human rights, in terms of legislating national laws, in terms of employment, in terms of protection of a good section of the society, even educational standards.”
12. Various shots, photo-op

STORYLINE:

A-three-day workshop on international Human Rights treaties for 60 parliamentarians of the Reconstituted Transitional National Legislative Assembly (RTNLA) organized by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and the national non-governmental organization Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO) has just concluded in South Sudan’s capital Juba.

The workshop follows Parliament’s enactment of three bills of United Nations Human Rights treaties, which paved the way for the signing of regional treaties by South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir on 24 February 2023.

South Sudan is party to three key International Human Rights treaties and their respective protocols. These include the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The regional treaties signed by the President include the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, the International Covenant on Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights in Women in Africa (Maputo Protocol).

The training aimed to strengthen the parliamentarians’ understanding of these international and regional treaties, and their workings, as this will aid in their implementation and promotion in South Sudan.

SOUNDBITE (English) Musa Yerro Gassama, Director of Human Rights Division, United Nations Mission in South Sudan:
“This workshop, or this conversation, should provide you additional information and understanding, of what parliament can do in contributing further to the promotion and protection of human rights, by engaging with the legislative framework for the endearment of human rights for everyone. On our part, as part of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, we also work with civil society to ensure that they also have their own perspective on how human rights are enjoyed in South Sudan.”

The UN has been continuously engaging with various human rights and civil society stakeholders in the country.

SOUNDBITE (English) Musa Yerro Gassama, Director of Human Rights Division, United Nations Mission in South Sudan:
“The legislative assembly plays a very important role, in promoting and protecting human rights by translating international human rights obligations into concrete domestic actions. collaborating with the United Nations and regional bodies to ensure compliance with these treaties. Parliament also plays a crucial role in converting recommendations produced by international human rights mechanisms such as the Universal Periodic Review, the special procedures of human rights council and the whole treaty system, into domestic legislation.”

At Independence, South Sudan adopted various international instruments, including the Human Rights Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Geneva Convention, acts critical milestones.
SOUNDBITE (English) Lawrence Kamilo, Senior Legal Advisor, Office of the Ministry of Justice:
“We must ensure that the instrument that we became members of are properly implemented. Those instruments that we signed as a country are supposed to be in uniformity with the national arena. Uniformity in terms of employment, in terms of protection and promotion of human rights, in terms of legislating national laws.”

At this point, it is expected that various stakeholders will work towards the effective implementation of various Human Rights treaties, with South Sudan’s parliamentarians urged to influence the government to come up with the necessary strategies to make this happen.

The United Nations Mission, on its part, will continue to provide technical assistance and capacity building to relevant stakeholders, not least by supporting South Sudan in implementing chapter 5 of the revitalized peace agreement, which contains numerous stipulations directly related to human rights issues.
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