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Human rights conference kicks off in Juba

A three day human rights conference has commenced in Juba.

The conference which started on Tuesday is aimed at strengthening the status, structure and power of the South Sudan Human Rights Commission.

The conference was organized by South Sudan Human Rights Commission and Human Rights Department of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

The conference attracted human rights experts from Uganda, Zimbabwe, and representatives of Network of African Human Rights institutions, officials from the Judiciary, National Assembly, and civil society organizations in the country.

They are expected to discuss ways of strengthening the South Sudan human rights commission in order to effectively monitor reports and investigate violations of human rights in the country.

Eugene Nindorera, Director Human Rights Commission of UNMISS said the conference is timely given the existence of human rights abuses in the country due to the conflict.

“In order to build a society where human rights are respected and promoted, there is need for sound national institutions to bring perpetrators to account for crimes committed as well as for institutions to advocate for human rights protection,” he said.

He said the commission must perform according to its mandates despite limited resources.

Mr. Elasto Mugwadi, Chairperson Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission said it is important the human rights commission of South Sudan checks the excesses of government and individuals through investigations.

He said the commission should also name and shame the perpetrators of human rights violators so that it can get proper accreditation when it joins the global human rights commission society.

Mugwadi said in doing their job, the human rights commission should not be bias, and should not take favors.

Nyuol Justin Yaac, Acting Chairperson South Sudan Human Rights Commission said the conference is timely because it is planning to submit its application to the human rights committee.

The South Sudan Human Rights Commission is mandated by the Transitional Constitution to monitor, investigate, and report human rights abuses. It also receives complains from individuals and recommends remedies for victims of abuses.

By Jale Richard

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