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Japan supports S. Sudan’s constitutional review process

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November 1, 2013 (JUBA) - The Japanese government has earmarked $300,000 to United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in support of South Sudan’s constitutional review process.

The grant, provided through the Japan-UNDP partnership fund, will reportedly support the country’s constitutional review body in holding its public consultations, support media strategies, and aid printing and distribution of the 2011 Transition Constitution.

Hilde Johnson, the UN special representative to the Secretary General in South Sudan thanked Japan for its support, urging partner countries to emulate the former in assisting the new nation.

“South Sudan, as a newborn state, has been striving for the development of a constitution that reflects the will of its people. We are pleased to support this important exercise which will contribute to the further promotion of democracy, good governance and rule of law in South Sudan”, said Takeshi Akamatsu, Japan’s ambassador to South Sudan.

On this part, however, the UNDP country director stressed that the support given by the Japanese government will help its South Sudan counterpart reach out to its citizens and listen to their views to be reflected in the country’s constitution.

“This will strengthen democracy at the grass roots level and enhance the credibility of democracy in South Sudan”, said Balázs Horváth.

In January last year, South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir issued a decree for the formation of the national Constitutional Review Committee headed by Prof. Akolda Ma’an Tier and deputized by William Othwon Awer.

The 45-member committee, comprising members from political parties and civil society organisations is mandated to formulate the country’s permanent constitution.

Since 2009, however, Japan has reportedly contributed over $14 million to support various UNDP programmes in South Sudan, including the elections and referendum exercises, support to democratic governance, rule of law, and community security and arms control.

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  • 3 November 2013 04:48, by Kurnyel

    Japan is threwing it money inton the ocean by supporting fail State South Sudan.

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    • 3 November 2013 05:45, by Tutbol

      Countries like Japan, Australia, Canada, the Nordic nations, China, Russia, Germany & our own African nations should be held dear by the Govt by the South Sudanese, the big bullies like UK & the US should just be looked as they are, fascist & corporate owned states. democratic illusions they often sell the world is now being exposed, their parallel govts of NSA & GCHQ have been caught snooping...

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      • 3 November 2013 06:27, by Tutbol

        ...even on esteemed foreign leaders, Their own citizens and even little peoples like us are even electronically taped, mapped & stalked for speaking out their minds for often pointing out some failings these countries often lecture the world to be practicing: their transparency, democracy & freedom of speeches...do not get me folks, the US still have some traces of freedom of speech, but>>>

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        • 3 November 2013 07:18, by Tutbol

          >>>transparency & democracy have gone back to their England monstrous aristocratic & plutocratic old ways as we know it. But the way the media in the US & the UK is silent & kowtowing the corporate parallel govts run by the NSA & GCHQ with glee is quite worrying. But as the S Sudanese saying goes, "He who eats & swallows more than his brother and sister shocks" The NSA & GCHQ have cloaked>>>

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          • 3 November 2013 07:31, by Tutbol

            >>>themselves in the name of fighting *terrorism* but the game in the tandem has nothing to do with terrorism, it’s about controlling everyone indigent on earth at the expense of the corporations, fascists & plutocrats. Everybody is taped & mapped by these secret groups & their data is going to be shared with law enforcements agencies to prosecute the peoples the corporate or fascists do not want.

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            • 3 November 2013 07:33, by Tutbol

              ...corporations+governments=corporations.

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