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Police complete investigations into peacekeepers sex abuse allegations

The Ghana Police Service has completed preliminary investigations into the alleged sex abuse perpetrated by some Ghanaian police peacekeepers in South Sudan. Forty-six personnel from the Formed Police Unit on a peacekeeping mission in South Sudan were recalled for allegedly abusing some vulnerable citizens in that country. The Inspector General of Police, David Asante Apeatu subsequently set up a committee to investigate the matter. However, according to the Director of the Police Intelligence and Professional Standards Bureau, COP Kofi…

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UN radio sanctioned in South Sudan

The South Sudan Media Authority has banned reporters from a United Nations’ radio station from all government events and ordered their arrest if they show up. The media authority claims that Radio Miraya has refused to register with the regulator. On Tuesday Radio Miraya reporter Martin Sani was arrested in Juba by the National Security Service at the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs while attending a news briefing. The United Nations Mission in South Sudan, which runs Radio Miraya, claims…

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UN repatriates Ghana Police peacekeepers following sexual scandal

The United Nations has repatriated Ghana Police peacekeepers who were indicted for sexual misconduct in South Sudan last February. The group of disgraced Police officers arrived in the country on Wednesday, May 30, 2018, according to a report by TV3 Ghana. The Police administration has, however, not released any official information on the number of repatriated officers. Three months ago, some Ghanaian Policemen on a peacekeeping mission in South Sudan were reported to engaged in transactional sex. A total…

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South Sudan President Urges Ethiopia to Oppose US-Drafted Sanctions

One day before the United Nations Security Council votes on proposed U.S. sanctions against six South Sudanese officials accused of obstructing the peace process, President Salva Kiir left his nation’s capital, Juba, for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He is seeking Ethiopian support to stop the U.S.-drafted sanctions. Presidential spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny says Kiir will ask Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali to use his position as head of the regional Intergovernmental Authority on Development, or IGAD, to block the…

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Ceasefire monitors accuse South Sudan forces, rebels of civilian killings

South Sudan’s army massacred civilians, burned children alive and gang-raped women after a supposed ceasefire with rebels in December, according to reports by monitors appointed by the country’s East African neighbors on a five-year-old civil war. South Sudan, which won independence from Sudan in 2011, has denied targeting civilians and called the reports, compiled in the last three months by the Juba-based CTSAMM monitoring group, exaggerated. The fourteen CTSAMM reports also accuse rebels led by former deputy president Riek…

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South Sudan’s Kiir in Ethiopia for State visi

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir on Wednesday travelled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for a one-day State visit, the presidency said. President Kiir was accompanied by the country’s chief peace negotiator and government ministers for talks with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. The South Sudanese leader is expected to brief the Ethiopian prime minister about South Sudan’s position on the peace talks led by the East African regional bloc, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD). “The president of the republic…

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Can Humanitarian Assistance Be an Obstacle to Peace? The Example of South Sudan

When President Donald Trump took office, there was considerable uncertainty as to how his administration would address the ongoing crisis in South Sudan, a complex foreign policy and national security issue that carried a heavy U.S. imprint from previous administrations. However, the administration—to the surprise of many—has outperformed admittedly low expectations. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has been especially engaged on this issue, travelling to South Sudan, meeting with President Salva Kiir, and rebuking the South…

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US proposes UN sanctions against six senior south Sudan officials

The United States has proposed the U.N. Security Council impose sanctions against several South Sudanese ministers and officials, accusing them of obstructing peace efforts and blocking humanitarian assistance to civilians. Security Council diplomats are due to meet for negotiations on the text on Tuesday and a vote is scheduled for Thursday. A resolution needs nine votes in favour and no vetoes by Russia, China, France, Britain or the United States to pass. The council sanctioned several senior South Sudanese…

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Let the streams flow uphill, let the sisters lead in South Sudan

The power of solidarity was demonstrated in the resolution of the founding fathers of the Organisation of African Unity that the independent states on the continent would support the liberation struggles across the continent until “all the people of Africa free themselves from foreign domination and exploitation.” Africa Day is commemorated annually on May 25 to mark the formation of the Organisation of African Unity (now the African Union). To commemorate this year’s celebration, the South Sudan Women’s Coalition…

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South Sudan: Infrastructure upgrades at Nimule One Stop Border Post set to ease clearance of humanitarian consignments

The Government of South Sudan in partnership with TradeMark East Africa have launched construction works of key infrastructure at the Nimule One Stop Border Post (OSBP) including parking yard, access roads, examination shed and drainage systems. The function was officiated by Hon. Dr. Moses Hassan Tiel, the South Sudan Minister of Trade, Industry and EAC Affairs (MoTI&EAC), Undersecretary Ministry of Transport Hon. Capt David Martin Hassan, Undersecretary MoTI&EAC Hon. Agak Achuil Lual, Executive Director South Sudan National Road Authority…

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