By Hassan Arun Cosmas
Civil society in Yei-River County of Central Equatoria State demanded transitional constitution bill rights in order to stop rampant crimes committed in the area.
Speaking to Juba Monitor yesterday, Sarah Nyanath Elijah of Gender Empowerment for South Sudan said that signatories to the Revitalized Agreement did not disseminate the provisions to the locals leading citizens to fear and disbelief the security organs.
“Civilians are afraid of security agents than distrusting them because the crimes they perpetuate to the civil population. I believe that it is the role and responsibility of the men and women in uniform to protect the citizens because transitional constitution 2011 as amended, was never disseminated. The constitution was very clear that the human rights commission disseminate our constitution so that everybody knows the bill of rights.But even if you ask those in the offices of what is stated in the bill of rights, they don’t know that is why you see today we are afraid of the security agents,”
Meanwhile, UNMISS Human Rights Officer in Yei, Alithia Barampataz, stressed that women participation and gender equality was a critical aspect to achieve peace and stability in the country.
“UNMISS will work together with the locals to address issues affecting societies in relations to gender violations. For the UN women participation and gender equality is a critical part of achieving sustainable peace and security with focus and emphasis on gender mainstreaming,”
She added that the work of UNMISS was to protect civilians and monitor human rights violation. She said that they were also there to support and work together with people towards peace.
Over the weekend, UNMISS human rights officer and CTSAMVM in partnership with GESSO conducted a two-day non-political stakeholders’ consultation workshop in Yei under the theme: “Strengthening partnership for gender mainstreamed monitoring”.
The workshop aimed at enhancing the collaboration of CTSAMVM and non-political stakeholders in implementing the gender provisions mainstreaming into permanent ceasefire, transitional security arrangement and agreement on cessation of hostilities.