Human Rights forums should tackle human rights issues -UNMISS Director
Mr. Eugene Nindorera, UNMISS Director for Human Rights Division speaks during panel discussion at Palm Africa Hotel (Photo: Manyuon Mayen)
By Manyuon Mayen Manyuon
The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) Director for Human Rights Division said that the Human Rights forums should work hard to address human rights issues in South Sudan.
Eugene Nindorera said that it was vital for government and civil society organizations to engage in the promotion and protection of human rights since human rights cases were rampant in the country.
He was speaking yesterday during first Human Rights Forum for 2019 in Juba dubbed “Ensuring fundamental Rights leads to Peaceful Nations”.
The forum was conducted by South Sudan Human Rights Commission (SSHRC) in partnership with United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) Human Rights Division.
Mr. Nindorera said that government needs to explore similar avenues and expand civil space through inclusive participation and discourage human rights issues.
“I would like to take this opportunity to express the need of the human rights forum to convene more regularly and on quarterly basis. More importantly, human rights forum leadership should take concrete actions to address human rights concerns and violations,” said the Human Rights Director.
He stated that the human rights forum should not be limited to private meetings but ensure that they generate concrete actions that will impact human rights promotion in South Sudan.
“I just want to express the continued commitment of the Human Rights division and Human Rights High commissioner’s office in supporting all the efforts to work in promotion and protection of human rights in South Sudan including monitoring and reporting,” he said.
Mr. Nindorera encouraged everyone to work hard to support the implementation of the Revitalized Peace Agreement without violating human rights.
“This is where we need to be very honest on ourselves. Do a safer assessment of your commitment and try to improve the way we are doing our businesses,” he stated.
Fidensia Charles Ladu, one of the commissioners of South Sudan Human Rights Commission (SSHRC) said everyone should come together and generate efforts to ensure fundamental human rights as the theme indicates following the country’s situation.
“If we see our country today then it is burning due to lack of respect for human rights. That’s why it is really a responsibility for us the stakeholders to come together, put our ideas together and discuss the challenges we are facing and come up with resolution on how to go about the situation we are in,” said Ms. Ladu .
Lt. Gen. Abraham Manyuat, Acting IGP for General Administration said that the police were part and partial of implementing human rights policies in South Sudan.
“The police have a mandate in constitution that aims at preventing and combating the crimes. All of us are respecting the human rights and we are accountable. If anyone commits human rights violations then as police we are accountable. There is no immunity in this context,” he stated.
He said that laws and acts of South Sudan were fundamental in combating crimes, citing that the only challenge was lack of respect to the laws.
Gen. Manyuat said human rights issues generally need to be attended to by all the institutions including the communities.
“They have to also respect the human rights. For that reason, they need to be highlighted to know their rights when there are violations and educate on how to raise and address violations,” he concluded.