South Sudan Human Rights Society for Advocacy is non-political and non-profit -making national Human Rights organization, founded by South Sudanese lawyers and Law Students on June 5th, 2007 at Makerere Law Development Centre (LDC), Kampala, Uganda. In South Sudan, its operations started since 2009 with its headquarters in the capital Juba and co-ordination offices in other states of South Sudan.It is registered with the National Ministry of Justice, Republic of South Sudan.
“To advocate for a democratic and human rights abiding South Sudan.”
“To monitor, document and publish human rights status in South Sudan and to train general public on importance of Human Rights, fundamental freedoms of an individual, Rule of Law and democracy to creating an informed, responsible, justice and good governance oriented nation.”
i. To monitor and document human rights status in South Sudan.
ii. To train public on Human Rights,rule of law and principles of democracy
iii. To advocate for human rights sensitive legislations, accountable and justice-oriented institutions.
iv. To protect environment and discourage man-made hazards associated with its use
v. To advocate for rights of the persons with disabilities, women, youth and minority groups
vi. To train on the importance and responsibility of the media as a fourth wing in the society.
vii. To promote principles of International Humanitarian Law
OUR CORE VALUES:
- Protection and respect of the universality of Human Rights and Rule of Law
- Respect of human dignity, freedoms and integrity of an individual
- Service without fear or favor
- Impartial, non-partisan and just to all
- Professionalism and integrity in the conduct of our business
GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE OF SSHURSA:
SSHURSA is governed by a 7 member Board of Directors headed by a Chairperson. It has a number of project and Program staff headed by an Executive Director. Its membership comprises of individual persons and organizations who believe in its rights protection mandate.
SSHURSA is currently heading the Secretariat of South Sudan Civil Society Alliance and a member of the same. The Alliance is a coalition of over 50 South Sudanese national and grassroots civil society organizations. SSHURSA also Co-chairs the National Human Rights Forum with the South Sudan Human Rights Commission.
2011 AND 2012 MOST REGISTERED SUCCESSES BY SSHURSA IN LEGISLATIONS:
Succeeded in having its submission to National Parliament on the 24 hour detention rule included in the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan 2011.The provision is now under Article 19(4) of the TCSS 2011and in 2012 in its submission SSHURSA advocated for the determination of the number of Members of the National Legislative Assembly in the next elections. The current National Assembly has determined the figure as 250 members and the provision is now under Section 60(5) of National Elections Act 2012, Laws of South Sudan.
SSHURSA PROJECT TARGET BENEFICIARY:
i. IDPS and refugees
ii. Women’s groups
iii. Youth at both rural and cattle camps
iv. Students’ groups
v. Traditional authorities
vi. Members of the media
vii. Civil society organizations(CSOs) and other Community Based Organizations(CBOs)
viii. Legislative Assemblies and local government institutions.
ix. Persons with Disabilities, minority and other vulnerable groups
1. Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa (OSIEA) funding Constitution dissemination project
2. European Union (EU) funding Human Rights and Rule of Law Project
3. PACT South Sudan, funding “Access To Justice” on Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law
Yet unfunded projects:
4. “Governance & Accountability”
5. “South Sudanese and their Environment”
SOME KEY NATIONAL, REGIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS OF SSHURSA INCLUDE:
1. United Nations Mission In South Sudan (UNMISS) Human Rights Section
2. Human Rights Watch (HRW)
3. Amnesty International (AI)
4. Freedom House
5. South Sudan Human Rights Commission(SSHRC)
6. UNWOMEN, South Sudan program.
7. Frontline Human Rights Defenders, Ireland.
8. The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation(IJR), Cape Town, South Africa
9. East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project(EHAHRDP)
10. Nonviolent Peace Force-South Sudan
11. Darfur Relief and Documentation Centre (DRDC), Geneva, Switzerland.
12. Most of the National and grassroots Civil Society organizations (South Sudan)
For more information Contact us on:
Head Office: +211955300382/+211956134047
Executive Director, Mr. Biel Boutros Biel, Juba, South Sudan