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Parliamentary delegation leaves for Inter-Parliamentary Seminar


Members of the Transitional National Assembly in a sitting (File photo by Woja Emmanuel)

By Viola Matela

A Parliamentary delegation led by the Speaker of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA) Anthony Lino Makana left for Geneva on Tuesday to attend the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Seminar expected to take place this week.

The TNLA did not have a sitting yesterday to allow the delegation prepare for the seminar.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Juba Monitor yesterday, the Chairperson of the Specialized Committee for Information, Paul Yoane Bunju revealed that after an extremely important duty of endorsing the revitalized peace agreement, the Speaker and other parliamentarians were preparing for the international workshop.

“The Speaker of TNLA, the Clerk and some parliamentarians left for Geneva to attend the upcoming inter-Parliamentary Union sitting,” Bunju revealed.

Bunju said the Workshop will take place this Friday on 19 October at the IPU Headquarters in Geneva, following the 139th IPU Assembly.

He further said that the August House however would have a sitting today to pass some bills.

“On Wednesday, we shall have a sitting to table either the insurance bill or the report from the Human Rights Commission on the status of refugees and IDPs,” Bunju said.

Meanwhile, information from the IPU website reveals the workshop will focus on the role of parliamentarians in ensuring implementation of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

The aim of this Workshop will be to provide MPs an opportunity to interact among themselves and with experts on specific CEDAW provisions that are relevant to their work.

Additionally, it will be attended by all parliamentarians, men and women including Delegations from parliaments whose countries have recently been reviewed or will be reviewed in the forthcoming sessions of the UN CEDAW Committee.

The Inter-Parliamentary Union is a global inter-parliamentary institution established in 1889 by Frédéric Passy and William Randal Cremer. It was the first permanent forum for political multilateral negotiations.

The Transitional National Legislature on Monday unanimously ratified the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ACRSS) on Monday, exactly a month after it was signed.

The revitalized agreement was presented before the lawmakers by the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Paulino Wanawila Unango. The Lawmakers went on to ratify it without any dissent.

The agreement however was supposed to be endorsed by Parliament seven days after its signing according to the implementation matrix.


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