UN HRC: Letter to Permanent Representatives of Members of the Human Rights Council and Observer States on South Sudan

EHAHRDP, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, South Sudan Law Society and Community Empowerment for Progress Organisation in a joint letter, urge UN Human Rights  Council members and observer states to take the opportunity provided by the panel discussion to assess the efforts by the Government of South Sudan, the African Union Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan (AUCISS), the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to document and investigate human rights and humanitarian law violations and abuses, to identify those responsible, and to establish independent and credible judicial mechanisms, which meet international standards, to ensure accountability. Please see the link below to read the letter.

Joint Advocacy Doc FINAL 140915.doc

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Human Rights Defender of the month: Kasale Maleton Mwaana

Kasale’s human rights activism precedes his years. The son of pastoralist parents from Ngorongoro district in northern Tanzania, he grew up seeing his parents and entire community having to defend their land and way of life against authorities who thought their lands could be put to better use. Now, at 25, Kasale is already one of the most recognizable advocates of his people’s cause, much to the ire of Tanzanian authorities.
“Our people’s struggle goes back many generations. It started with the pushing out of our forefathers from Serengeti to gazette Serengeti National Park in 1959, and then further evictions from the Ngorongoro crater to gazette the Ngorongoro conservation area in 1975. Since then, every generation has had to resist further evictions. It’s now my generation’s turn,” he says.

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