Leaders Urged To Promote People’s Rights, Dignity

South Sudanese leaders at all levels have been advised to step up more efforts toward fulfilling their collective responsibility of promoting and protecting human rights and people’s dignity irrespective of their gender, political, socio-economic backgrounds.

Leaders Urged To Promote People’s Rights, Dignity
UNMISS’ EES Coordinator Hiroko Hirahara Mosko pledged to continue supporting state authorities in promoting Human Rights issues in the region and beyond. [Gurtong]

By Peter Lokale Nakimangole

TORIT, 11 December 2013 [Gurtong] – The call came on Tuesday as the Council of Traditional Authority (COTAL), Government officials, citizens, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and other UN Agencies operating in Eastern Equatoria State (EES) commemorated the International Human Rights Day in the state capital, Torit. The day also marked the end of the 16 days of activism. 

Speaking at the function, UNMISS’ State Coordinator Hiroko Hirahara Mosko pledged continuous support to the state authorities in promoting Human Rights issues in the region and beyond.

She noted that the fight against human rights abuses is not easy because it takes time, patience and commitment to disseminate designed messages to all people in the country.

The State Deputy Governor Jerome Gama Surur thanked partners and also pledged commitment to help in reducing any violations of human rights in the state.

At the same function, the State Local Government, Law Enforcement and Wildlife Conservation Minister’s Charles Ambrose Lokonoi hailed the UN for bringing down the rate of human rights abuses through its monitoring of issues of violations and abuses. 

Acting Gender, Culture and Social Development Minister Michael Lopuke Lotyam cited blood compensation of girl-child as a serious violation which practice he said has put victims to slavery for the rest of their lives.

Civil Society representatives, heads of organized forces, NGOs also attended the global Human rights Day which serves yearly to celebrate human rights and to call for the full enjoyment of all human rights by everyone everywhere.

Leaders used the day as opportunity to encourage citizens to come out to boldly speak on human rights abuses they have been subjected to.

The UN General Assembly proclaimed 10 December as Human Rights Day in 1950 to bring to the attention ‘of the people of the world’ the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the common standard for all people and all nations.

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