SOUTH SUDAN / YOUTH HUMAN RIGHTS FORUM

02-Oct-2023 00:03:36
As South Sudan races to complete its democratic transition by holding its first-ever national elections in December 2024, youth participation in peacemaking and politics has become vital. UNMISS
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / YOUTH HUMAN RIGHTS FORUM
TRT: 03:36
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 28 SEPTEMBER 2023, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN / FILE
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FILE - 11 APRIL 2021, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

1. Various shots, people at a polling station

28 SEPTEMBER 2023, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Albino Bol, Minister for Youth and Sports, South Sudan:
“This country cannot be led by the opinion of one person. We must differ, but we have to agree that all of us are South Sudanese, regardless of your affiliation, regardless of your color, regardless of your region. This is what we want [from you] as young people. So, I want to appreciate those who have aired out their views. [This] is very important and this is the democracy that we want.”
3. Various shots delegates in the hall
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Florence Ajuba, Policy Analyst & Youth Activist:
“I just want youth to know their importance in nation building; the different roles that they can play; instead of youth sitting down to complain about issues of unemployment and how they want to be brought into these places, is how they can tap into their passions and how they can contribute to nation building in this country.”
5. Various shots of youth sitting
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Wilson Soro, Youth Leader, South Sudan:
“This forum is important because it helps us to identify some of the challenges that we are we are facing and then also to come together and have a one voice on issues we want to see, you know, addressed by the election. But also I think this this forum is important because it prepares us to be involved in the process of the elections and other political processes that are happening in the country.”
7. Various shots of youth delegates
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Peter Malir, Youth Representative:
“As young people, we are going to determine the outcome of elections in terms of making sure peace is the agenda I call upon each one of you to take [up] this agenda at this avenue—that it is up to young people, the 73 per cent of South Sudan’s population— [so] that South Sudan is going to be victorious in the first election that is going to be held next year in December. Ladies and gentlemen, I want to remind you as young people that civic engagement, political space, becoming leaders, and becoming change makers is each one of your role.”
9. Various shots, delegates in the hall
STORYLINE
As South Sudan races to complete its democratic transition by holding its first-ever national elections in December 2024, youth participation in peacemaking and politics has become vital.

SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Albino Bol, Minister for Youth and Sports, South Sudan: “This country cannot be led by the opinion of one person. We must differ, but we have to agree that all of us are South Sudanese, regardless of your affiliation, regardless of your color, regardless of your region. This is what we want [from you] as young people. So, I want to appreciate those who have aired out their views. [This] is very important and this is the democracy that we want.”

Minister Bol was speaking at a forum hosted jointly by UNMISS, and the South Sudan Human Rights Commission, co-chaired by the South Sudan Youth Organizations Coalition.

SOUNDBITE (English) Florence Ajuba, Policy Analyst & Youth Activist: “I just want youth to know their importance in nation building; the different roles that they can play; instead of youth sitting down to complain about issues of unemployment and how they want to be brought into these places, is how they can tap into their passions and how they can contribute to nation building in this country.”

Attending academics, politicians, women’s representatives, religious leaders and young people were all in agreement, as they discussed how to strengthen youth participation in creating a robust and open civic space, while placing them at the heart of building sustainable peace, upholding human rights and ushering in development.

SOUNDBITE (English) Wilson Soro, Youth Leader, South Sudan:“This forum is important because it helps us to identify some of the challenges that we are we are facing and then also to come together and have a one voice on issues we want to see, you know, addressed by the election. But also I think this this forum is important because it prepares us to be involved in the process of the elections and other political processes that are happening in the country.”

A unanimous call at the forum: For youth to know their rights and use all efforts to ensure elections are free, fair, inclusive and transparent.

SOUNDBITE (English) Peter Malir, Youth Representative: “As young people, we are going to determine the outcome of elections in terms of making sure peace is the agenda I call upon each one of you to take [up] this agenda at this avenue—that it is up to young people, the 73 per cent of South Sudan’s population— [so] that South Sudan is going to be victorious in the first election that is going to be held next year in December. Ladies and gentlemen, I want to remind you as young people that civic engagement, political space, becoming leaders, and becoming change makers is each one of your role.”

The event was part of the UN Peacekeeping mission’s participation in the global 75-day countdown to Human Rights Day as 2023 marks the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
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