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POC, a point of ‘friction’ between gov’t, UNMISS

An independent review of the UNMISS has found that the Protection of Civilians sites in the country continue to remain a point of ‘friction’ between the government and the peacekeeping mission. UNMISS was initiated in 2011 as a capacity-building tool but its mandate was changed to protection of civilians after eruption of the conflict in 2013. There have been calls from the government that the mission’s mandate should be reviewed to focus more on development rather civilian protection. This,…

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South Sudan: Government says sanctions will not change its position on peace

South Sudan’s government has criticized the international community for calling for all-out sanctions against the newest nation saying the threats of sanctions will not change anything about its principled position on the peace process. The Trump administration has recently restricted all sales of defence equipment and services to South Sudan, saying the move was in response to South Sudan’s humanitarian crisis and that the restrictions effectively amount to a “domestic arms embargo.” Speaking during a press conference in Juba…

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School restarts in South Sudan, in theory

 Some of South Sudan’s 6,000 schools opened for a new academic year this month — but the government does not know how many. Teachers have not been paid. Many of them, and their pupils, are on the run after four years of fighting. In the capital, classrooms are filled with hungry displaced families. The United Nations Children’s Fund estimated in December that three-quarters of children are out of school, threatening to create a second “lost generation” of uneducated adults…

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Amid South Sudan’s war, a Miss World pageant carries on

Arual Longar was 9 years old when she decided to become a beauty queen. Growing up in refugee camps, the South Sudanese native watched her aunt compete on the world stage and dreamed of doing the same. Today, the soft-spoken winner of last year’s Miss World South Sudan says she’s harnessing her powers to preach love and unity in her conflict-torn country. “South Sudan is a place of war,” the 25-year-old said. “But it can’t stop us from achieving things.” Amid the…

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South Sudan close to famine, facing ‘toughest year’: aid groups

South Sudan is close to another famine, aid officials said on Monday, after more than four years of civil war and failed ceasefires in the world’s youngest nation. Almost two-thirds of the population will need food aid this year to stave off starvation and malnutrition as aid groups prepare for the “toughest year on record”, members of a working group including South Sudanese and U.N. officials said. “The situation is extremely fragile, and we are close to seeing another…

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UN Human Rights Commission collects evidence to hold more than 40 South Sudanese officials accountable for war crimes and crimes against humanity

Geneva / Nairobi (23 February 2018): We have identified more than forty senior military officials who may bear individual responsibility for war crimes and crimes against humanity in South Sudan, said the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan*.  On Friday, the Commission released its first report since it was mandated by the Human Rights Council to collect and preserve evidence for use in the Hybrid Court and other accountability mechanisms agreed under the 2015 peace agreement. “The court could…

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Freedom of expression vital for peace in conflict-afflicted South Sudan – UN report

GENEVA / JUBA (22 February 2018) – Genuine reconciliation and lasting peace will only be achieved in South Sudan if people are free and safe to express their opinions regardless of their ethnic or political affiliations, a UN report released today says. The report, co-authored by the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and the UN Human Rights Office, warns that undue restrictions on freedom of expression are having a “chilling effect” and “further shrinking the space for debate…

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Communiqué on the meeting between the Prime Minister of Ethiopia and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission

The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, was received this afternoon by the Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn. They discussed the situation in Ethiopia. They also exchanged views on efforts underway to find an early solution to the conflict in South Sudan, as well as funding for the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), in preparation for a meeting of AMISOM troop-contributing countries, scheduled to be held in Kampala on…

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South Africa police station raid: Five killed in Umtata

  Five police officers and a soldier have been shot dead during a raid on their station in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province. In a statement, the South African Government News Agency said three officers were killed instantly. The off-duty soldier was shot as the assailants fled, taking two other officers hostage. Their bodies were found 6km (4 miles) down the road. A government statement said both men had been shot “execution style”. The unknown group of armed robbers burst into…

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