President Kiir Urges Citizens To Respect The Constitution

President Salva Kiir Mayardit has urged all citizens to respect the constitution in his message on the Human Rights Day, adding that the day is a reminder on how far the South Sudanese citizens have come since the country gained independence.

President Kiir Urges Citizens To Respect The Constitution
President Salva Kiir Mayardit said that government needs to accede and ratify the key international human rights conventions. [Gurtong | File]

By Misuk Moses Mule

JUBA, 11 December 2012 [Gurtong] -The president added that many people died fighting for freedom, justice, and human dignity and that it is time to make sure that the country is built on the same values and principles.

“We can blame others for the past but we are responsible for what we do every day as we move on building this country,” he said.  
 
He advised nationals to strive to build the new nation on the values and principles of the constitution and human rights ideals.

“The Bill of rights is a covenant among the people of South Sudan and between them and their government at every level and a commitment to respect and promote human rights and fundamental freedoms enshrined in this Constitution; it is the cornerstone of social justice, equality and democracy,” he said adding that “The rights and freedoms of individuals and groups enshrined in this Bill shall be respected, upheld and promoted by all organs and agencies of Government and by all persons.”

Furthermore, the president said that his government has exerted efforts to see that by the end of 2014, primary and secondary schools will have human rights syllabus introduced in these foundational education institutions.
 
He noted that there is need to respect institutions and laws and make them functional to the satisfaction of the people.

Kiir also said that his country needs to accede and ratify the key international human rights conventions.

“My Government is committed to achieve these objectives. We also must ensure that these international obligations are reflected in our domestic laws and adhered to by the relevant government entities,” he said.

According to him, no one expects South Sudan to be perfect after one year of independence and that all the security forces will behave in accordance with their code of conduct and international standards.

Nevertheless, he recognizes that South Sudan has some problems that are attributed to the citizens.

“My fellow citizens, becoming an independent nation does not mean we are above the law rather we must be law abiding people. Becoming an independent country implies that we have duties and responsibilities as a nation. Let me be blunt my fellow citizens: freedom means nothing without respect for human rights and the rule of law,” he said.
 
He said that the international partners have expected a lot from South Sudan and that some of them are disappointed.

The president said that the country will make some mistakes as it moves forward but assured that his government is committed to do better.

Kiir urged the people of South Sudan to learn from the legacy of discrimination and vow never to subject the people to a life of fear and insecurity.

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