Republic of South Sudan

Strengthening respect for Human Rights and the Rule of Law

Over the past years, the government of South Sudan, through the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, has been implementing a series of activities as part of an effort to ensure respect for human rights and strengthen the rule of law across the country.

These actions include:

  • Compiling a list of all international instruments, which carry a reporting obligation to them.
  • Ensuring cooperation with human rights treaty bodies, including by attending treaty body meetings to capture emerging obligations.
  • Facilitating ratification of international human rights instruments that South Sudan is party to.
  • Preparing country reports under the various human rights instruments.
  • Involving the Human Rights Commission and other stakeholders in designing a tool for monitoring state reporting.
  • Establishing a human rights partners’ forum to share views and propose strategies of addressing human rights challenges.
  • Prosecuting cases pertaining to human rights violations.
  • Advising government institutions and public officials of their obligations to respect human rights of all citizens and uphold the rule of law.
  • Facilitating meetings of rule of law agencies to discuss any concerns pertaining to human rights and rule of law.
  • Developing legal framework and policy strategies to ensure protection of human rights and upholding the rule of law.
  • Facilitating the harmonization of customary laws with statutory law and the Constitution.
  • Improving conditions in prisons and detention facilities throughout the country.
  • Conducting regular inspection visits to prisons and detention facilities.
  • Training public prosecutors and police investigators on juvenile justice.
  • Enhancing the capacity of the women and juvenile unit at the Ministry.
  • Developing guidelines on the treatment of juveniles and women within the criminal justice system.