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: Anny Kapenga

As a young student, Anny Kapenga used to cringe at the cult-like worship of Mobutu Sese Seko, the then Zaire’s President. By then, in the early 1990s, Zaire was still under one party rule, and calls were increasing for Mobutu to open political space to allow other parties to operate. In the meantime, however, all Zairians were expected to show affection for Mobutu wherever they gathered in public.

Students across Zaire’s schools were required to sing and dance adoringly before his (Mobutu)’s portrait every morning before they went to class, and all school scholastic materials were emblemed with his portrait. A young Anny never really appreciated the obsession:

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