The Labour Party South Sudan strives for the achievement of equality, social and economic justice, community solidarity and freedom. It seeks to have these values reflected in the laws and institutions of South Sudan and in its relationship with the wider world.
We believe in the right of all citizens to participate fully in society and to develop their personal and social identity in a South Sudan and Africa that is truly democratic, fair and inclusive.
The Labour Party South Sudan is a social democratic party, is part of the international socialist movement working for equality to empower citizens, consumers and workers in a world increasingly dominated by big business, greed and selfishness.
The Labour Party South Sudan has been inspired by the need, to provide a means by which working people could bring about social and economic justice and to “close the gap between the economic imbalance, class divisions that exist and many of our citizens continue to experience, from childhood, major inequalities in wealth, health and life chances.
Tackling growing poverty and inequality in South Sudan, in all their manifestations, is the greatest challenge now facing the new nation. The Labour Party South Sudan stands for democratic, workable national institution to confront this challenge; and asserts that people of South Sudan have a particular responsibility to accomplish the structural changes required to share the nation’s resources more equitably.
A) What The Labour Party South Sudan stands for?
- The Labour Party South Sudan believes in tackling the underlying conditions which generate the systematic and deeply rooted inequality which people experience. The achievement of equality requires that society be reorganised with the specific objective of a more equal distribution of wealth and power.
- LPSS is committed to recognising and valuing diverse identities and experiences.
- LPSS believes that community solidarity, a common sense of belonging and a willingness to work for the common good in the local and the wider community, is essential to creating a good quality of life for all.
- The environment is central to a true sense of community, locally and globally. Without clean water, air and safe food there is no life. All human interaction with the environment must be sustainable so that we can meet the needs of today without compromising the rights of future generations
- LPSS believes in a democracy in which all people can participate in decision-making on an equal basis wherever their interests are affected. To function effectively, democracy requires access to information and analysis through a media that is under diverse ownership and underpinned by effective freedom of information legislation. A commitment to democracy requires equality in political competition, with proportionate resources being available to all parties within the political system.
- The Labour Party South Sudan rejects the use of force, intimidation and violence as a means of achieving political aims in a democratic society. It also rejects all forms of corruption in political and public life.
- LPSS stands for a dynamic, positive role for the State working through responsive and accountable public institutions at local, national, and international levels. In expressing the democratically determined public good, the State can be an enabling, civilising and bonding force. The State is central to the creation and distribution of wealth through the investment, development and management of the country’s assets and resources. It is also responsible for the provision of effective, high quality and accountable public services, regulation of markets for the public good, and a fair taxation system.
- LPSS affirms the role of the State in ensuring that all men, women and children enjoy basic human rights, including the right to a home, to an adequate standard of living, to proper levels of health care and education and to employment. Such rights should not depend on income, power or privilege.
- The Labour Party South Sudan favours an efficient and competitive public sector, operating in an open, mixed economy, responsive to consumer needs, generating and maintaining quality employment and a sustainable environment.
- Freedom involves not only the freedom of individuals to pursue personal goals and to seek to fulfil their potential, but also freedom from external oppression, hunger, ignorance and fear. All people should have opportunities for enjoyment of and participation in cultural life and this should be fostered and supported by the State. LPSS is committed to the preservation and promotion of the South Sudanese languages and cultures as a national heritage.
- LPSS seeks to advance its values in the wider world while promoting the independence and interests of South Sudan. LPSS’ vision is of a South Sudan contributing to the sustainable development of the earth, to solidarity and mutual respect among peoples, to the eradication of poverty and the protection of children's rights, the strict observance of internationally accepted legal commitments and peace between States. LPSS supports/encourages the development of social democracy in the member countries of African Uniion through which our vision both for South Sudan and for the wider world can be achieved.
B) What The Labour Party South Sudan does
- The Labour Party South Sudan believes that its principles and values provide the best means by which South Sudan can be transformed into a more equal, safe, caring and prosperous society.
- LPSS believes that political action is central to the achievement of a fair society. The political process provides the best means of articulating the difficult choices facing society and of providing the leadership needed to address them.
- LPSS is committed to democracy and equality in the way it operates as a political party. It seeks to draw towards the Party all of those who share its vision and to value their contribution whether as members, activists, supporters or voters.
- Party members progress these values through advocacy in their communities and workplaces, by participation in community organisations and trades unions, and by working for the election of the maximum number of The Labour Party South Sudan public representatives at state and national levels.
- LPSS works on a daily basis at local and national level to advance the values and objectives set out in its Constitution and committed to promoting these principles in its parliamentary activities and in all governments in which it may participate.