What is the status of human rights in South Sudan?

By Ter Manyang Gatwech

Human rights are inherent to all Hunan beings whatever our nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, language or any other status.

We are all equally entitled to our human rights without discrimination. These rights are all interrelated, interdependent, and indivisible.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights are often expressed and guaranteed by law, in the forms of treaties, customary law, international Human Rights, general principles, and other sources of international law.

The World Press Freedom Day ranked South Sudan as 144 out of 180 in its Report of the year 2017/18.

South Sudan is known for its string of murders since 2011. It is one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists and rights activists. According to the United Nations, 103 journalists have been killed in the world since 2013.

To me, the main reasons why the country (South Sudan) is not respecting her people’s human rights is because it has been ruled by former bush warlords. The warlords have no knowledge about the human rights in the country. How do you expect that country to enjoy peace yet they do not know the meaning of peace, itself?

To conclude, I have here some of recommendations;
1.Writing a new Constitution
2.Separation of powers
3.Legislative democracy
4.An independent of judiciary
5.Guarantee of human rights
6.Freedom of assembly
7. Freedom of association
8. Freedom of expression
9.Freedom of religion
10.Protection of private property
11.Social Security reforms
12. Protection of the environment
13.Truth in reconciliation

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