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UN Human Rights Council calls for rule of law improvement in S. Sudan

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September 16, 2012 (JUBA) - The Government of South Sudan and its partners should be fully supported in efforts to build the capacity of rule of law institutions as a mechanism of addressing the shortfalls in its human protection mandate, a report to the United Nations Human Rights Council says.

The report, which was submitted by the United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights, specifically advocates for technical assistance and capacity building initiatives to the young nation, which suffered decades of civil war before its independence from Sudan last year.

It was presented in accordance with in accordance with Human Rights Council resolution 18/17, which required the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), in collaboration with the Government of South Sudan, to identify and assess areas that needed assistance.

South Sudan, which attained independence in July last year, faces numerous human rights challenges, which hitherto remain potential threats to the country’s efforts to enjoy peace and stability.

A recent report by the US-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) deplored the dire state of prisons in the country, where inmates allegedly live in horrible conditions and are reportedly denied access to lawyers, indicating flawed justice systems.

South Sudan’s Interior Minister, Alison Magaya, however, vowed an investigation into issues of human rights abuses highlighted in the report, but said as a new nation, systems are still in infant stages of development.

The OHCHR, in its report, also acknowledges efforts by South Sudan Government to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms, citing some remarkable progress made in the establishment of laws and policies in the country.

The report, however, says despite South Sudan’s commitment to put in place and ratify some of the international instruments for promotion and protection of human rights and freedoms, the country still faces several challenges.

“In spite of the above-mentioned achievements, a number of concerns and issues were raised by delegations during the universal periodic review, including the impact of armed conflicts on civilians; combating impunity; the need for the country to complete its transition from a militarized society to a democratic system based on the rule of law,” the 31 August report reads in part.

The report also urges the South Sudan government to undertake a comprehensive reform of its security sector with a view to putting an end to violations committed by law enforcement officers, while empowering the South Sudan National Police Service with the tools to investigate crime and hold perpetrators to account.

In addition, it says, the Juba regime should support capacity-building of the judiciary and, in particular, the training of judges, prosecutors and lawyers; and establish legal aid mechanisms and ensure the right of victims to reparation.

However, while the primary responsibility for the promotion and protection of human rights lies with the Government of South Sudan, OHCHR urges the international community to assist national actors in implementing the following recommendations:

  • To define a clear human rights strategy by developing a comprehensive national human rights plan of action, including objectives, indicators, lines of responsibility and budgetary requirements;
  • To ensure the presence of the State throughout the national territory, including the justice sector, to protect the population from violence and to grant all citizens the right to redress;
  • To adopt and implement a human rights-based approach to development by ensuring that human rights are integrated into programmes and policies;
  • To take all measures necessary to develop a robust legal framework for the promotion and protection of human rights in South Sudan.

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  • 17 September 2012 07:18, by Madina Tonj

    It is true that, South Sudan nation is lacking independent of laws stablishment need to be sep up. I am also appealing to Southern Sudanese to learn on how they become a civilizes having say that, because the next election need someone who read the laws, sincer, honest, good records, unifier man, politican who talks face to faces with his citizens and know how to creates jobs and development

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  • 17 September 2012 07:19, by Madina Tonj

    It is true that, South Sudan nation is lacking independent of laws stablishment need to be sep up. I am also appealing to Southern Sudanese to learn on how they become a civilizes having say that, because the next election need someone who read the laws, sincer, honest, good records, unifier man, politican who talks face to faces with his citizens and know how to creates jobs and development

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  • 17 September 2012 07:19, by Madina Tonj

    It is true that, South Sudan nation is lacking independent of laws stablishment need to be sep up. I am also appealing to Southern Sudanese to learn on how they become a civilizes having say that, because the next election need someone who read the laws, sincer, honest, good records, unifier man, politican who talks face to faces with his citizens and know how to creates jobs and development

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    • 17 September 2012 07:57, by Runrach

      I am pretty much sure that each and every single citizens of Southern Sudanese is well awarded that, police legitimacy in our country is still got no powers to execute their mandates just like any other country. Simply because the so-called national security is another threat to their field of professionalism. Our police service are not able to secure public place. Eg, night & day arms roaming.

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  • 17 September 2012 07:28, by Madina Tonj

    Readers, the above mention actual I mean set up but I am wondering how that letter P add and post it to what I had type it. Anyway just for correction to know
    Thank

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    • 17 September 2012 08:06, by Runrach

      Hi Madina Tonj, just a courtesy reminding. I am aware you don’t do it intentionally but mistakenly. Next time remember not to sent your comments twice/ thrice as shown above. As it is so disturbing or bored. Cheers mate .

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  • 17 September 2012 08:06, by Mr Equal

    I love the words that government and officials in South Sudan use for excuse.the country still like new born baby,we came yesterday from bush, we are young nation,we were gorlla,we still working on it and so on.It take six month for now born baby to start walking.So,splm was born 29 years ago. How many years that new born baby need to start walking? I thought you were better when you took arm

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    • 17 September 2012 08:19, by Mr Equal

      Civilian need to know when new nation or new born baby will grow up So the rule of law will have effect. we pass 29 years now but it geting worst. 500 yearsor 100 years?.A rule of law does not require one year to be made.

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    • 17 September 2012 08:32, by Runrach

      @ Mr. Equal, those are just govt official defensive measures. Such lame excuses are unjustified compare to security threat in our country. How times torturing of civilians, civil servants, business men/women had been alarming and yet interior minister let a lone police units had never took tough concern. Pathetic

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  • 17 September 2012 08:28, by 4Justice

    The problem is lack of leadership. Salva Kiir lacks cognition and authority necessary to maintain law and order. We don’t even know what the hell he is doing? when he speaks nothing makes sense

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    • 17 September 2012 08:34, by 4Justice

      A empty headed fool is always fond of excuses, even if give a fool a trillion dollars he/she will always come up with all kinds stupid excuse as to why there is no development.

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      • 17 September 2012 08:54, by Mr Equal

        Guys,I have had never thought that what happened in Congo(Zaire)that killed Patric Laloba and left the country in problems untill today could have occuered in our home land South Sudan too. Iam really shame.

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        • 17 September 2012 15:57, by Luethee Ngong Anyoun

          Allow me to express to the politicians of our nation whom work hard to achieve our independence as we are now proud . We need to make it holy place like heavens so that other countries should not play on us and start seeing weakness side on our government as we are equall in this univers .
          Big people should not interpere with the rule of law or human wrights ,itis very chamefull and barbaric.

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  • 18 September 2012 23:48, by panom lualbil

    Nuers are the rubbish animals who dont understand the rule of law institutions in this new country. There was no ceasefire with Nuer’s rebels against SPLA since ’secession’ from north. They stab spla from behind since civil-war till 2day. What a ’slave’ community nuer is!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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