SOUTH SUDAN / ACTION PLAN CHILDREN

22-Feb-2019 00:03:22
South Sudan’s Defense Minister Kuol Mayang Juuk has announced that the government will integrate an Action Plan on grave violations against children into the army training curriculum. UNMISS
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / ACTION PLAN CHILDREN
TRT: 3:22
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 21 FEBRUARY 2019, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN
SHOTLIST
1. Various shots, discussions and debates by participants
2. Various shots, soldiers keying in changes into Action Plan
3. Wide shot, participants clapping
4. SOUNDBITE (English) General Kuol Manyang Juuk, Defense Minister, South Sudan:
“So these are the guidelines that we are putting – sensitizing ourselves, put in the curriculum of the army when the army is being trained at the training centres, they should be given this part of the act. Children should not be recruited. They should be protected. In the military colleges also this should be one the subjects to be taught so everybody become responsible in the protection of children.”
5. Wide shot, workshop session
6. Med shot, UN officials keying in changes in document
7. Close up, Projection of changes being made
8. Med shot, Senior military officials looking at changes being made
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Alfred Orono Orono, Chief of Child Protection Unit:
“The most important thing is that it meets the international standards. This is the first time anywhere in the world that has all the six grave violations has been drafted and is going to be adapted as you heard the minister say.”
10. Various shots, panel members at press conference
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Alain Noudehou, Deputy Special Representative, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“They have all committed to work together to make sure that we prevent children from being committed and being used in armed forces. Now this will require tremendous amount of commitment and work from all the players. The plan is not easy to come up. They have worked tirelessly for two days and a half, they have come to a commitment and agreement – and the work moving forward, will be tough, but I recognize that because we have leadership of all these entities assembled in this room and committed to it, it will be very very important that they stay the course so that the implementation of the Action Plan is actually fruitful.”
12. Various shots, participants leaving and shaking hands as the leave
STORYLINE
South Sudan’s Defense Minister Kuol Mayang Juuk has announced that the government will integrate an Action Plan on grave violations against children into the army training curriculum.

Speaking to media in the capital Juba, at the end of a South Sudanese led process supported by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and Unicef, the minister reiterated the government’s commitment to respect the rights of children.

Final discussions are underway aimed at establishing a Comprehensive Action Plan to prevent grave violations against children.

Participants have for the last three days been working on a document which will let children be children.

Discussions were frank, and sometimes heated, but after three days, compromises were reached, and some disagreements endured.

Emphasizing that children should not be harmed but instead protected when there is fighting, South Sudan’s Defense Minister Manyang promised that the Action plan “will be implemented in letter and spirit”.

SOUNDBITE (English) General Kuol Manyang Juuk, Defense Minister, South Sudan:
“So these are the guidelines that we are putting – sensitizing ourselves, put in the curriculum of the army when the army is being trained at the training centres, they should be given this part of the act. Children should not be recruited. They should be protected. In the military colleges also this should be one the subjects to be taught so everybody become responsible in the protection of children.”

This consultative effort put together by the South Sudan Country Task Force on Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism – an effort of both UNMISS and UNICEF, in collaboration with South Sudan People’s Defense Forces (SSPDF) will hopefully create a document that will prevent the future suffering of the children of South Sudan.

SOUNDBITE (English) Alfred Orono Orono, Chief of Child Protection Unit:
“The most important thing is that it meets the international standards. This is the first time anywhere in the world that has all the six grave violations has been drafted and is going to be adapted as you heard the minister say.”

There are six grave violations in all, that continue to be committed in South Sudan. These are: the recruitment and use of children; killing and maiming; rape and other forms of sexual violence; abduction and attacks on schools and hospitals and denial of humanitarian access.

It is hoped that the adoption of the Comprehensive Action Plan will allow for South Sudan to be delisted from the annexes of the report of the Secretary General of the United Nations as a persistent perpetrator of grave violations against children.

SOUNDBITE (English) Alain Noudehou, Deputy Special Representative, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“They have all committed to work together to make sure that we prevent children from being committed and being used in armed forces. Now this will require tremendous amount of commitment and work from all the players. The plan is not easy to come up. They have worked tirelessly for two days and a half, they have come to a commitment and agreement – and the work moving forward, will be tough, but I recognize that because we have leadership of all these entities assembled in this room and committed to it, it will be very very important that they stay the course so that the implementation of the Action Plan is actually fruitful.”

It is hoped that with the implementation of this Action Plan, all of South Sudan’s children affected by conflict, will have a promising future.
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