South Sudanese Civil Society Calls for Inclusive and People-Centered Transitional Process
Juba, South Sudan – In a new resolution released today, South Sudanese civil society groups, women’s groups, youth groups, human rights organizations, and academia have called for a more inclusive and participatory transitional process in the country. The resolution expresses concern about the current transitional arrangement, which has failed to deliver sustainable peace to the country, and calls for a new path that prioritizes the voices and needs of ordinary citizens.
The resolution highlights several key challenges facing South Sudanese citizens, including the lack of civic and political space, the arbitrary detention and disappearance of citizens, and the freezing of bank accounts of civil society members and organizations. It also emphasizes the importance of respecting the fundamental freedoms of journalists and media organizations to freely report on the transitional process without fear of reprisals.
The signatories of the resolution argue that meaningful peace can only be achieved through inclusive, participatory, and people-centered processes and that the constitution-making process, transitional justice, national elections, and other transitional processes provide structures and mechanisms through which to forge a new path for current and future generations.
The resolution is a collective expression of concern and hope from South Sudanese civil society, and it underscores the critical role that civil society can play in shaping the future of the country. As South Sudan continues to navigate a complex and challenging transitional period, the voices and perspectives of civil society will be more important than ever.