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Focus on human rights violation, media urged

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By Julius N. Uma

May 18, 2010 (JUBA) — The media, better known as the forth estate of government, has been challenged to play leading roles in cases of exposing human rights violations in society.

While briefing journalists on South Sudan’s human rights situation yesterday, Dr. Anei Adik Arop, a Commissioner at Southern Sudan Human Rights Commission (SSHRC) said much as the media has an obligation to respect the fundamental rights of individuals, it can still contribute to political, economic and social development in ways consistent with local and internationally-agreed upon standards.

"Journalists need to understand issues crucial to all segments of the population and play their part in informing the public about the challenges facing the society," Dr. Arop remarked.

The Commissioner, however, challenged the media to provide fair and balanced coverage of issues based on factual and in-depth research.

On the impartiality of SSHRC, an independent body established under article 149 of the Interim Constitution of Southern Sudan, Dr. Arop reiterated the institution’s mandate to monitor the Bill of Rights enshrined within the constitution.

According to the Commissioner, the human rights body strives to monitor as well as investigate complaints made by persons against any violations of human rights, make recommendations and ensure that appropriate actions are taken.

Over the past few months, the reputation of SSHRC has been put in doubt; with many accusing the human rights body of being a mere barking dog that simply advances government agenda.

During the run-up to last month’s general election, for instance, several cases of harassment and intimidation of voters’ and some independent cases were reported, yet the South-based human rights body remained tight-lipped on the matter.

The worst affected areas were Western Equatoria State, Unity State and parts of Jonglei, where human rights activists accused state agents of being the major perpetuators of the human right violations.

The Commission, according to Dr. Arop, documented all these various cases, and that a detailed report was in the offing. He however did not hint on when the long-awaited report would be made public.

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  • 19 May 2010 07:15, by Malakal

    Gat-witch,

    Angelina Teny is married to Lt. Gen. George Athor, as we speak momentarily, they are recruiting Nuer malitias and former loyalist of Riak Machar and Paulino Matip. Their aim is to try to capture the South from the SPLM/A, then traitor Riak will join them amid thier suceess. George Athor will be their leader of course and the rest of the Nuer malitias including Riak and Matip will enjoy sugar bought with oil money. Now that is kind of South Sudan we want, right Nya-witch! Liech/Bentiu’s road will be built with sugar sands..greaaaaaaaaaaaaat!

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    • 19 May 2010 12:00, by Abednego Majack Macharial

      Malakal or whoever you called yourself, you look so foolish and backward. In all you akwards comment, you always talk about Angelina Teny marrying George Athor. If you don’t have something to comment, please just mind your own business instead of dosing us with nonsense every now and then. When will you learn to behave like someone who has gone to school or does your little bush school knowledge become a disease? I really hate your comment today. Stay foolish.

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      • 19 May 2010 18:05, by Malakal

        Foolish Abednego etc..,

        My comments were intended to your moronic colleague Gat-witch, whose’s comments are always premature and divisive. However, since you want to take me on, on behave of your friend Gat-witch then let us go for it.

        First, I think you are outrage because I mentioned your primitive uncle George Athor Deng, who is behaving less than a human as we speak. Second to that you are new to this forum, so for you to judge me naively is idiotic and foolishness on your side. Third, I grow up here in the West, so yes I had aquired my "little education in the bush" as you presummed.

        Let us talk mature as you would like.

        I will start with your other comments.

        "Hehehe. Did I hear what you said uncle Paul that Miray FM has exceed its mandate?. Is it that Miraya FM has not been praising and singing your song?. What is freedom of expression as said in the ICSS?. So you have begin it again the issue of media censorship. What do you think will be the difference between SPLM in Juba and NCP in Khartoum? You are bitter because Gen. Gearge Athor was interviewed by Miraya FM. Just go over your SSTV and radio station as the official spokeperson of SPLM and said that all doors are closed for negotiations instead of blaming others. Media is the ear and eye of the community. The editoral staff in Miraya FM are also professionals who knows media ethics. Is this how SPLM will handle political crisis in the future Republic of South Sudan?. I doubt the future of existence of SPLM unless you guys sweep the room before it is too late".

        How can you doubt the existence of SPLM? It has existed for many decades where were you? How came you did not dismantle it before, instead for now that they have baked the cake? Do you remember Lam and Riak had tried to do what you are alluding and they have fail grossly?

        Mr., the domocracy that your white masters are briging to Africa through you lost boys is not a true democracy. It is a evilish version of democracy meant to restrain the third world, so the third world stay unindustrialized, unmodernized and uncivilized. It is a shame that you fools jump into their evilish wagon of fake democracy and start acting prematurely with it.

        Mr., can I ask you to reread the above comments of yours, then you can tell me weather your third world intellectuality was not on play in your responses? Do you understand the difference between freedom of speech, and freedom to screw the society in the name of fake democracy as Miraya FM is doing in the South?
        Let me tell you sir, your uncle George Athor will die trying or he will come back to the SPLM and eat his own vomits like the rest of former traitors that we have today in the GoSS. History never lies, so if you can recall it, particualarly the period of liberation, many who defected from the SPLM before are either dead (more than 90% of them) or have come back to eat thier vomits without achieving what they were aiming for.

        That trend will continue, just because Athor is your uncle or your tribe man does not cut the trend in his favorite. So refrain from lashing out gainst the SPLM because of George Athor. He is naive, incompetent, foolish and he is a puppet for those who want to thwart the South from holding the referendum.

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