South Sudan Rebels Held a conference on Justice and Human Rights in Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, July 13, 2014 (SSNA) — South Sudanese Rebels have held what they described as a successful meeting in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, this week to discuss legal and human rights related issues. The meeting focuses on justice, human rights, international conventions, legal reforms, among others.

The newly appointed Chairperson of the National committee of Justice and Human Rights, Dr. Richard K. Mulla, chaired the occasion. Mr. Dong Samuel Luak, who is the Deputy to Dr. Mulla was as well in the meeting.

The South Sudan News Agency obtained a document which shows that the meeting was also attended by high ranking members of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-in Opposition (SPLM-O).

“…protect, depend and promote human rights in the liberated areas and the wider state of South Sudan, enlightening the citizens and the freedom fighters about the International Conventions on laws of war, and embark on serious and critical reforms of the legal system in the Country (the Judiciary, Ministry of Justice, Military Justice, Legal Practice, Legal Education and Human Rights Institutions) along local and international standards”, the group said in its official deliberation.

“…work hard to develop a legal frame work based on the principles of good governance, respect of Human Rights, federal governance of system and prevalence of the rule of law in a democratic society of South Sudan as well as upholding the freedom of expression and the media as a cornerstone of a democratic society without any kind of censorship”, the group added.

In its consideration, the Justice and human rights Committee of the SPLM-O unanimously nominated Mut Turuk Thok as the Secretary and Bachuy Dor Madeng as a Treasurer.

The SSNA has learned that a good number of Lawyers who joined the rebels’ side were also in attendance.

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