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South Sudan: NSS to Train Officers on Human Rights

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NSS soldiers on a pickup somewhere in South Sudan

The spokesperson of the National Security Service said the institution is wielding efforts to train and reform its officers on human right laws.

David John Kumuri said the step has been taken to professionalize officers of the internal security bureau.

“The minister of national security service and the director general are working hard to make sure that our officers, our NCOs are trained to become a professional army,” said Kumuri in an exclusive interview with Eye Radio.

“We in the institution, we said we still need to train our officers on human rights, especially on minor violation by individuals and members of the institution, we still need training,” he added.

Kumuri added that the public relations office is also open to the public to share information and concerns.

“We want to make sure that this institution will be admired by its people. Of course like you (interviewing journalist), you can say I wish if my son grows up, he has to work in this institution.”

Established in 2011, when the country gained independence, the Internal Security Bureau of the National Security Service, has authority to arrest cases connected to national security threats.

The institution under the Ministry of National Security is mandated by the transitional constitution to collect information, conduct analysis, and advise relevant authorities.

Articles 1-7 of the Human Rights Act provide for the right to life, freedom from torture and inhuman or degrading treatment, freedom from slavery and forced labour, right to liberty and security as well as right to a fair trial.

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