June 21, 2024

South Sudan: UN assesses security in community impacted by violence

There has been an influx of internally displaced people to Nadiangere in South Sudan’s Western Equatoria State following intercommunal violence …
June 21, 2024

South Sudan's vice president expresses concerns over ongoing peace talks

South Sudan’s vice president said Thursday that peace talks in neighbouring Kenya have failed to acknowledge the country’s peace agreement established …
June 21, 2024

HRW calls on African Union to deploy civilian protection mission to Sudan

June 20, 2024 (NAIROBI) – In response to the ongoing atrocities in Sudan, Human Rights Watch (HRW) is urging the African Union (AU) to work with the United Nations to deploy a civilian protection mission and initiate strong human rights investigations. The call comes ahead of the AU Peace and Security Council’s meeting on June 21, where concrete steps to protect civilians and ensure accountability are expected to be discussed. The devastating conflict between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) has caused widespread humanitarian suffering and serious human rights abuses. HRW highlights that both sides are responsible for international humanitarian law violations, with the RSF and allied forces accused of crimes against humanity and war crimes against specific ethnic communities in West Darfur. Allan Ngari, Africa advocacy director at HRW, stressed the need for urgent action by the AU Peace and Security Council. He stated, “The Peace and Security Council should spell out what urgent steps it plans to take to ensure the deployment of a United Nations-backed civilian protection mission and to support investigations by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.” The requested mission would focus on protecting civilians, monitoring human rights … The post HRW calls on African Union to deploy civilian protection mission to Sudan appeared first on Sudan Tribune.
June 21, 2024

South Sudan excludes Abyei from December elections

June 21, 2024 (JUBA) – South Sudan has excluded Abyei from the electoral process, citing its status uncertainty and the prevailing security situation in the disputed region. The status of Abyei remains in limbo after the two main parties to the 2005 comprehensive peace agreement could not reach a consensus to implement the provisions pertinent to its status in the deal before South Sudan’s secession in 2011. The lack of amicable settlement had renewed tensions and skirmishes between members of the Ngok Dinka and rival Arabs with whom they contest territorial ownership. The stalemate persuaded the Ngok Dinka community and its leadership to conduct a unilateral popular referendum In October 2013. The result favoured a return to Bahr El Ghazal in the south from which it was transferred to Kordofan in Sudan which it was annexed in 1905 during the colonial administration. The vote required acceptance and adoption of the two countries to determine the final status, but neither Sudan nor South Sudan had accepted the outcome. In an administrative decision appointing the state high committee on June 19, 2024, the Chairperson of the National Elections Commission (NEC), Abednego Akok appointed chairpersons for high election committees in the 10 states. … The post South Sudan excludes Abyei from December elections appeared first on Sudan Tribune.
June 21, 2024

South Sudan operatives block protest in Jonglei state

June 20, 2024 (JUBA) – South Sudan security operatives blocked a protest dubbed “Enough is Enough” in Jonglei state, saying the organisers did not seek permission for the activity. Women carrying placards and small, white bags on their heads presented a white paper with the writing “Every delayed salaried of the organized forces and civil servants can not purchase flour or beans”. It was the first attempt by organized women groups in the country, the majority are wives of wounded heroes and widows of fallen war veterans. The protest letter, addressed to President Salva Kiir through the governor of Jonglei state, called for immediate attention to the high prices of basic commodities to improve the standard of living in the state without which peace demonstration will continue until this demand is met. “Your excellency, standing before you today are the aggrieved citizens of Jonglei state, drawn from all the professional associations, women, business groups, sports groups, students, pupils, religious groups, women groups, youth groups, and civil society”, the group presented in a letter extended to Sudan Tribune on June 14. It explained the situation the citizens are experiencing daily, citing the high cost of living and lack of employment opportunities … The post South Sudan operatives block protest in Jonglei state appeared first on Sudan Tribune.
June 21, 2024

'Don't forget Sudan,’ says UN Refugee chief as war displaced face hunger

Earlier in June, the U.N. reported the number of internally displaced people in Sudan has reached more than 10 million
June 20, 2024

Rights body urges AU to deploy protection mission in El Fasher

June 19, 2024 (NAIROBI) – A rights group has urged the United Nations Secretary-General to act on Security Council resolution 2736 and urgently work with the African Union (AU) to deploy a civilian protection mission in El Fasher, North Darfur. The call from Human Rights Watch comes in the wake of Sudan’s warring parties’ recent unlawful attacks in El Fasher, where hundreds of civilians have been killed, tens of thousands forced to flee and many in and around the city face starvation. There have been several reports of attacks by Sudan’s warring parties on populated areas of El Fasher, with burning of residential areas and deliberate attacks on hospitals blamed on the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF). “The UN and AU urgently need to act to protect civilians”, said Mohamed Osman, a researcher for the Africa division at Human Rights Watch. Clashes between rival forces in Sudan escalated in mid-May. On June 8, RSF forces reportedly entered South Hospital shooting as patients, their relatives and medical staff to flee. The hospital had reportedly been hit at least 14 times. According to the international medical charity, MSF, a June 3 shelling of the hospital killed one patient, wounded another and damaged the … The post Rights body urges AU to deploy protection mission in El Fasher appeared first on Sudan Tribune.
June 20, 2024

South Sudan hints Sudanese army, SPLM-N to resume humanitarian talks

June 19, 2024 (JUBA) – South Sudan on Wednesday hinted on the likely resumption of humanitarian talks between the Transitional Sovereign Council of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), raising hope areas affected by the conflict could access humanitarian assistance. South Sudan’s presidential adviser on national security affairs, Tut Gatluak said the two parties have indicated readiness to resume negotiations on the ceasefire arrangements to provide access to humanitarian organizations. “They have accepted in principle to resume negotiations”, he said. Gatluak did not, however reveal the exact date when the talks would resume, but confirmed receiving communications indicating the acceptance of the two sides to resume talks. “There have been correspondences at the high level to resume discussions. The secretariat is working on some documents to finalize logistical and administrative arrangements”, he explained. Gatluak also expressed optimism that peace would return to Sudan through dialogue, not war. “Sudan is now the focus of the region and because of this his excellency the president of the republic, General Salva Kiir Mayardit has been in constant contact with all the political organizations and key actors in Sudan. His Excellency the president has also contacted the regional and international community. He … The post South Sudan hints Sudanese army, SPLM-N to resume humanitarian talks appeared first on Sudan Tribune.
June 20, 2024

Machar writes to Kenya mediation over deviations from  2018 peace agreement

June 20, 2024 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s first Vice President Riek Machar has written to the Kenyan mediation team, citing deviation from its mandate by seeking to replace or create parallel institutions. In a June 19, 2024 letter extended to Sudan Tribune, the opposition leader presented seven points to explain his concerns to the mediation team headed by Kenyan chief mediator, retired General Lazurus Sumbeiywo. The letter is also copied deputy chief mediator, Ambassador Mohamed Ali Guyo, co-mediator and Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Special Envoy to South Sudan, Ambassador Ismail Wais, and Tobias Muller, a co-mediator representing the Rome-based Sant’ Egidio community. “As one of the principals of the revitalized agreement on the resolution of the conflict in the republic of south Sudan, I am writing to your excellency to express my concerns on the mediators’ draft document entitled Tumaini Consensus and implementation framework for a permanent constitution and sustainable peace for south Sudan. after a thorough study of the draft document, I have observed the following serious concerns”, wrote Machar According to the armed opposition leader, the document does not recognize the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) and … The post Machar writes to Kenya mediation over deviations from  2018 peace agreement appeared first on Sudan Tribune.
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