Tonj South officials learn human rights, rule of law

20 Nov 2013

Tonj South officials learn human rights, rule of law

19 November 2013 - Working to promote human rights, rule of law and peace in Warrap State, UNMISS held an awareness-raising workshop today in Tonj South Country.

Opening the event, County Executive Director Mangok Kom Nyuol stressed the need for peace and noted that human rights were part of the National Transitional Constitution and Warrap State Constitution.

“We are relying on the UN to help us bring peace to our county and the surrounding counties, especially Cuiebet in Lakes State,” Mr. Nyuol said.

UNMISS Warrap State Coordinator Abraham Onifade said UNMISS pledged mission support for the country, noting that the mission was decentralized from national to state and local government levels to promote good governance.

Nyandeng Deng, Chairlady of the Tonj South County Women Association, encouraged the authorities and UNMISS to support women’s participation in peace initiatives, human rights and development.

In closing, the workshop recommended that UNMISS support the county in several areas, including cattle camp development, prison training, road access to cattle camps and assistance for Tonj South women.

In closing remarks, newly appointed County Commissioner William Wol Mayom highlighted UNMISS’ contribution to the independence of South Sudan.

“South Sudan would not have got independence without the help of the UN,” he said. “We shall continue to work with the UN in Tonj South County for peace, stability and human rights.”

The workshop was the second in a series of county-based human rights, rule of law and peace consolidation activities UNMISS has held with county authorities.