Sudan and South Sudan

Sudan to Chair UN Food Agency Despite Blocking Rations to Peacekeepers

On Wednesday, U.N. spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric announced that the Sudanese government had seized 190 cargo containers containing food rations and operational supplies for peacekeepers in Darfur. Despite this announcement, on Thursday, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) announced that Amira Gornass, Sudan’s Ambassador to U.N.-based agencies in Rome, will serve as the next Chairperson to the FAO’s influential Committee on Food Security.   Read More »

Darfur Women Action Group To Host Upcoming Symposium on Women & Genocide in Darfur

Darfur Women Action Group

On Saturday, October 17 and Sunday, October 18, 2015, Darfur Women Action Group will host the 4th Annual National Symposium on Women & Genocide in the 21st Century: The Case of Darfur.  Read More »

EU & Troika Statements on Kiir's Announcement on Creation of 28 South Sudan States

On October 6, the European Union Delegation to South Sudan and the Troika (Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States) issued statements on President Salva Kiir's very concerning announcement that he plans to create 28 states out of the existing 10.   Read More »

South Sudan's Oil Sector Facing Challenges: Journalist

In a recent piece, journalist Richard Nield writes about the challenges facing South Sudan's oil sector with September being the first month since independence that the government tendered just one cargo.  Read More »

Human Rights Attorney: UK Govt Complicit in Abuses in Sudan

The United Kingdom government is complicit in human rights abuses in Sudan according to human rights attorney Ali Agab Nour.   Read More »

African Union Meeting on South Sudan

Date: 
Sep 24, 2015

 

Groups Urge Support for Hybrid Court

(Nairobi, September 24, 2015) – The African Union Peace and Security Council will meet in New York on September 26, 2015, on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly to discuss South Sudan

In a letter to the African Union (AU) chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, the Enough Project joined with 37 South Sudanese and international organizations, urging that the meeting should be used to support the establishment of an AU commission-created hybrid court for South Sudan. The court would try grave crimes committed in the country’s recent conflict, as provided for in the August peace agreement between the parties to the conflict. The organizations also urged Dlamini Zuma to help ensure the long-awaited publication of the report by the AU Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan. 

“An independent hybrid court could make an essential contribution for South Sudanese, who are looking for justice as part of sustainable peace following a war that has destroyed civilian towns and villages, killed thousands of civilians, displaced over 2 million people, and plunged much of the country into humanitarian crisis,” the groups said in their letter. “The AU Commission should make clear its support for the hybrid court from the outset.” 

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Greg Hittelman, Director of Communications, +1 310 717 0606gh@enoughproject.org 

About THE ENOUGH PROJECT

The Enough Project seeks to build leverage for peace and justice in Africa by helping to create real consequences for the perpetrators and facilitators of genocide and other mass atrocities. Enough aims to counter rights-abusing armed groups and violent kleptocratic regimes that are fueled by grand corruption, transnational crime and terror, and the pillaging and trafficking of minerals, ivory, diamonds, and other natural resources. Enough conducts field research in conflict zones, develops and advocates for policy recommendations, supports social movements in affected countries, and mobilizes public campaigns. Learn more – and join us – at www.EnoughProject.org

38 NGOs Push AU Chair for Action on South Sudan

In a letter to the African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, the Enough Project joined 37 South Sudanese and international organizations urging her to utilize the upcoming AU Peace and Security Council meeting on South Sudan as an opportunity to create pressure to establish the Hybrid Court for South Sudan.  Read More »

NGOs Release Joint Statement Today as Angola, Russia Put Hold on Security Council Targeted Sanctions on South Sudan

Date: 
Sep 15, 2015

 

Enough, Human Rights Watch, and Amnesty urge Security Council to impose new targeted sanctions

September 15, 2015 - The Russian and Angolan governments today chose to put a hold on the proposed imposition of UN Security Council sanctions on a leading South Sudan government official and leading rebel leader. This blocking action undermines the pledge by the Security Council to impose serious consequences for those obstructing peace in South Sudan.

To reinforce the importance of holding perpetrators accountable for human rights abuses, the Enough Project, Human Rights Watch, and Amnesty International issued a joint statement today. The statement calls for further targeted sanctions on individuals responsible for crimes under international law and serious violations of human rights in South Sudan, as well as imposition of a comprehensive arms embargo.

John Prendergast, Founding Director of the Enough Project, said: "It is imperative that continued human rights abuses and ceasefire violations in South Sudan be met with real consequences from the international community.  Decisions are being made on both the government and rebel side to undermine the implementation of the peace deal. If there is no cost for that intransigence and for the human rights crimes that result, then we can expect the war to continue, business as usual."

Link to today’s joint statement by the Enough Project, Human Rights Watch, and Amnesty International: http://eno.ug/1Ko5tZz

Read the full statement below:

September 15, 2015

Dear Ambassador,

We understand the UN Security Council will deliberate this week on the situation in South Sudan.

As you know, although South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and armed opposition leader Dr. Riek Machar signed a binding agreement to end the conflict in their country, fighting has continued in Unity and Upper Nile states. As our organizations have documented in detail, the 21-month conflict in South Sudan has been characterized by war crimes and other acts that may also amount to crimes against humanity, and it has clearly been fueled by impunity.

Given the high probability of continuing serious abuses against civilians as part of the ongoing fighting, we urge you to impose a comprehensive arms embargo.

Since this conflict began, fighting and abuses have forced over 2 million people to flee their homes and thousands of civilians have been killed, often targeted because of their ethnicity or perceived political allegiance. The likelihood of further attacks on civilians in South Sudan remains high. A well-monitored arms embargo can reduce the flow and entry of weapons and military equipment into the country that could be used to commit further crimes against civilians.

The Council should also continue to impose sanctions on individuals responsible for crimes under international law and serious violations and abuses of human rights. While the August peace deal may prove to be an important step forward to ending conflict and abuse in South Sudan, it cannot absolve those most responsible for human rights abuses.

Sincerely,

Amnesty International
Enough Project
Human Rights Watch

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For media inquiries or interview requests, please contact:
Greg Hittelman, Director of Communications, +1 310 717 0606gh@enoughproject.org  

About THE ENOUGH PROJECT
The Enough Project seeks to build leverage for peace and justice in Africa by helping to create real consequences for the perpetrators and facilitators of genocide and other mass atrocities. Enough aims to counter rights-abusing armed groups and violent kleptocratic regimes that are fueled by grand corruption, transnational crime and terror, and the pillaging and trafficking of minerals, ivory, diamonds, and other natural resources. Enough conducts field research in conflict zones, develops and advocates for policy recommendations, supports social movements in affected countries, and mobilizes public campaigns. Learn more – and join us – at www.EnoughProject.org

NGOs Urge UN Security Council to Impose Targeted Sanctions and Arms Embargo in South Sudan

The Enough Project and partners sent letters to the United Nations Security Council, asking them to fulfill their commitment to impose sanctions on individuals who have committed abuses against civilians in South Sudan and calling for an arms embargo.   Read More »

NGOs Urge UN Security Council to Impose Targeted Sanctions and Arms Embargo in South Sudan

The Enough Project, Human Rights Watch, and Amnesty International sent letters to the United Nations Security Council, asking them to fulfill their commitment to impose sanctions on individuals who have committed abuses against civilians in South Sudan and calling for an arms embargo. See letter below.

 
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