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UN report finds violations of South Sudan arms embargo

A UN panel of experts has found violations of the arms embargo imposed on South Sudan, reporting to the Security Council that there are “alarming levels” of sexual violence, hunger and human rights abuses in the war-scarred country. The panel’s 29-page report seen by AFP on Monday was the first to be released since the arms embargo was narrowly adopted by the Security Council in July, under strong pressure from the United States. The panel said it was too…

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Aweil State to commence peace rallies

South Sudan’s Aweil State governor says his government will organize peace rallies across the state to disseminate the revitalized peace agreement to the communities. Governor Jal Malith Jal who spoke over the weekend in Aweil after he attended the peace celebrations in Juba last month said once arrangements are complete, the rallies will begin. “We will embark on peace rallies. We will hold them everywhere, right here at the state headquarters and in counties and down to villages. We…

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IGAD to meet as South Sudan peace deal falls behind schedule

The IGAD Council of Ministers will hold a meeting on South Sudan this month as the peace deal falls further behind schedule, a top official said. The revitalized peace agreement signed in September will see the creation of a new unity government after eight months. Mawien Makol Ariik, the official spokesman of South Sudan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told Radio Tamazuj on Thursday that the upcoming IGAD council of ministers’ meeting will assess the implementation of the pre-transitional period…

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Host South Sudan to include Darfur rebels in Sudan peace talks

South Sudan will host peace talks in Juba next week between the government of Sudan in Khartoum and all Sudanese opposition armed groups, and will also include rebels from Darfur, a presidential adviser said on Monday. Sudan, which had previously accused its southern neighbour of stoking unrest in parts of its territory, agreed to mediation by South Sudan on Sunday, although only in its conflicts with rebels in the border regions of South Kordofan and Blue Nile. Independence for…

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UN Security Council working group visits South Sudan

The UN Security Council Working Group on children and armed conflict is in South Sudan to seek ways of protecting children in the wake of recent peace deal, the UN mission said on Monday. The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said the delegation, which arrived in Juba on Sunday, will hold high-level talks with senior government actors including UN, NGOs and inter-faith organizations to discuss opportunities to strengthen the protection of children. “A particular focus will be dedicated…

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Police join IDPs at Juba POC to celebrate peace

Police and the IDPs at the protection of civilians’ site at  Juba’s Jebel suburb on Thursday have celebrated peace outside the camp, the police spokesperson has said. Major General Daniel Justin said the displaced persons came out in big numbers this morning to appreciate the police unit at a check-point along Yei road. And in return of a good gesture, he said they also joined them later on to celebrate with them. “In the morning they came again and at around…

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Machar Returns to Juba for Peace Celebrations

President Salva Kiir publicly apologized to South Sudanese citizens Wednesday for the devastation the past five years of conflict has caused and announced the release of rebel leader Riek Machar’s former spokesman James Gatdet, who had been sentenced to death, along with South African citizen William John Endley, Machar’s former security advisor, who was sentenced to death by hanging on spying charges. “As your president I want to apologize on behalf of all the parties to the conflict as…

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Politics overlaps with banking in South Sudan

South Sudan’s political elite has been accused of hijacking the banking system for personal gain and locking out local businesses and citizens. Out of the 26 banks operating in South Sudan, 14 are partially owned or controlled by politically exposed persons (PEPs) who exert undue political influence in the banking sector, says a new report by US corruption watchdog, The Sentry. The report, “Banking on War: Ending the Abuse of South Sudan’s Banking Sector by Political Elites,” which was…

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South Sudan frees five political detainees-intelligence agency

South Sudan freed five political detainees and prisoners of war on Thursday, although none appeared to be senior rebel officials, a category of captive whose release is required by a peace deal signed last month. South Sudan plunged into war two years after independence from Sudan in 2011 when a dispute between Kiir and then vice-president Riek Machar erupted into armed confrontation. More than 50,000 people have been killed in the violence, and more than two million have been…

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UN reiterates commitment to build durable peace in South Sudan

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has reiterated its commitment to protect civilians and build durable peace in the world’s youngest nation. David Shearer, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and the Head of the UNMISS, said the UN mission will help the warring parties that signed the Sept. 12 agreement to build trust and confidence for the future of the country. “On UN Day, I would like to reassure you that the United Nations is committed…

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