• The first year of South Sudan’s independence, declared on July 9, 2011, was marred by intense inter-communal fighting in Jonglei state, deteriorating relations with Sudan amid ongoing conflicts along their shared border, and the economic consequences of South Sudan’s decision to shut down oil production. The government took steps to develop its legal and institutional structure but has yet to ratify major human rights treaties, despite repeatedly saying it would do so. Lack of capacity and inadequate training of police, prosecutors, and judges have resulted in numerous human rights violations in law enforcement and administering justice. Security forces have committed abuses while carrying out disarmament operations.

  • South Sudan should commit to make several important improvements to human rights ahead of elections for the UN Human Rights Council on November 12, 2013, a group of South Sudanese and international human rights groups said today. South Sudan is one of five countries in Africa running for four seats on the Human Rights Council, the UN body responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights across the globe.


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