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Civil society in Eastern Equatoria trained by UNMISS to document human rights violations

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Civil society in Eastern Equatoria trained by UNMISS to document human rights violations

We need to be very strong, dynamic and active in our roles to create an environment where people can freely discuss human rights issues.

JUBA, South Sudan, October 18, 2021 / APO Group / –

“There has been great pressure on the civilian population of Eastern Equatoria to end human rights violations during conflict and inter-communal violence,” said Anthony Nwapa, a human rights official working with the United Nations. United Nations peacekeeping mission. “We want to start tackling these challenges with you as a team. “

Civil society in Eastern Equatoria trained by UNMISS to document human rights violations

Mr. Nwapa was speaking at a two-day sensitization workshop organized by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) for local networks including civil society actors, women, youth, leaders traditional and community-based and faith-based organizations.

The sessions aimed to train activists to collect and share information on conflict-related violations and early warning indicators, as well as to create and encourage capacity building and exchange initiatives among them. .

Civil society in Eastern Equatoria trained by UNMISS to document human rights violations

A total of 40 participants were invited to work together to achieve common goals.

“We need to be very strong, dynamic and active in our roles to create an environment where people can freely discuss human rights issues,” said Charles Okullu, president of the state’s civil society network. “I also call on the government to respect, protect and fulfill human rights,” he added.

According to some activists, violations are underreported largely due to difficulties in identifying the evidence as well as the appropriate office to report to, and fear of reprisals.

Civil society in Eastern Equatoria trained by UNMISS to document human rights violations

“Some of our cultural norms, especially with regard to early and forced marriages, and blood compensation, which is to compensate bereaved families with a young girl from the abuser’s family, work against fundamental principles of human rights. However, it is becoming increasingly clear to me how I can help victims obtain justice, ”said Angel Karama Christine, one of the interns.

In Eastern Equatoria, many civil society groups are struggling to achieve their goals of preventing or remedying human rights violations against vulnerable populations due to a lack of teamwork among the actors involved. For workshop participants, this training marks the start of better networking for grassroots advocacy.

“As a faith-based organization, we have decided to do our part to support other human rights organizations and relevant state authorities to prevent and mitigate abuse,” said Rev. Oryem Solomon, president. of the State Inter-Church Committee.

Civil society in Eastern Equatoria trained by UNMISS to document human rights violations

The workshop ended with resolutions from participants to revive a former human rights forum to serve as a common platform for all stakeholders.

This, they hope, will strengthen collaboration through joint discussions and encourage important partnerships between police community relations committees and grassroots organizations.

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Civil society in Eastern Equatoria trained by UNMISS to document human rights violations

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