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Government Should Protect Sex Workers, Enhance HIV/AIDs Education

A video, posted to Facebook by the Office of the Mayor of Juba City Council, shows a group of male officials and armed police officers harassing and taunting a female sex worker. “Are you a sex seller, don’t you know you are spoiling this country……
Three sex workers sit at their workplace in Juba, South Sudan on March 5, 2018.
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UN Security Council Should Renew Embargo, Demand Concrete Rights Reforms

The United Nations Security Council should renew an arms embargo on South Sudan this week along with travel bans and asset freezes on designated government officials. With attacks on civilians and aid workers in South Sudan rising, the arms embargo –…
South Sudan People's Defence Forces conducting drill military
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Deaf Activist Warns “Our Wounds Will Never Heal”

When Caroline Atim, founder and director of the South Sudan Women with Disabilities Network, spoke to the UN Security Council this week, I watched her hands intently and listened to her sign language interpreter, as she described the devastating…
Caroline Atim, wearing a blue dress, addresses the United Nations Security Council during a virtual meeting, April 14, 2021. She is seated in front of a black background.
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Regional Partners Should Press for Action on Abusive Security Agency

On April 10 South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, with apparent disregard for the many crimes committed by the National Security Service (NSS), promoted one of its top officials, Akol Koor Kuc, to the rank of First Lieutenant General. This move is yet…
Former National Security Service official Akol Koor Kuc [left] is pictured with President Salva Kiir (R)
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Facilitate Commission’s Work; Advance Justice

Yesterday, the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) renewed the mandate of the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan. Given the country’s ongoing rights crisis and widespread impunity for serious international crimes, the renewal…
Delegates sit at the opening of the 41th session of the Human Rights Council, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, June 24, 2019.
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Council Stresses Need for Justice, Rights Monitoring, Civilian Protection

South Sudan should heed last week’s call from the UN Security Council to establish a hybrid court with the African Union, support the protection of civilians, and cease interfering with the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan’s (UNMISS) monitoring…
File photo showing a meeting of the United Nations Security Council.
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Women Demand to Be Heard and Enjoy Full Rights

South Sudanese women have faced the brunt of years of violence, abuses, and repressive gender norms, and their voices have too often been silenced. A new anthology of poems, short stories, and artwork by South Sudanese women, “No Time to Mourn”, seeks to…
Untitled, My Plate of Combo Series, Acrylic Paint by Abul Oyay Deng, 2020.
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Mandate of the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan Should Be Renewed in Full

Next month, the mandate of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan will come up for renewal. Looking at recent developments, it’s clear the UN Human Rights Council should renew the commission’s mandate in full. The South Sudanese authorities…
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The Government Approves War Crimes Court, Other Measures

After years of relative silence, South Sudan’s government has finally given approval to establish accountability mechanisms to address the country’s conflict, including a war crimes court in partnership with the African Union (AU). This could…
Women stand outside a UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) site in Yei
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Encouraging Signs They Are Set to Take More Leading Role

The Nordic countries proudly express steadfast commitment to human rights as a priority in foreign policy, but have been disappointingly inconsistent in practice. Sweden launched a feminist foreign policy in 2014 – a laudable approach that failed…
An Icelandic flag hangs outside a shop in Reykjavik, October 27, 2016.
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Neighboring Countries Still Blatantly Send South Sudan Weapons

The United Nations Security Council should prioritize the protection of civilians in South Sudan by renewing the arms embargo and strengthening the monitoring to better enforce it. Imposed in 2018 after five years of conflict, the embargo…
FILE: Opposition soldiers chant "Viva IO", meaning "long live the opposition", during a visit in August 2019 by a ceasefire monitoring team, at an opposition military camp near the town of Nimule in Eastern Equatoria state, South Sudan.
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Government Measures Should Address Those Displaced, Detained

South Sudan has issued measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, notably a ban on inbound and outbound flights, self-paid mandatory quarantines, and a ban on mass gatherings. While important, these measures do not address the complex…
Residents of the Mangateen camp for the internally-displaced line up to get water from a borehole, on the outskirts of the capital Juba, South Sudan, January 22, 2019.
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Address Underlying Grievances, Protect Civilians, Ensure Rule of Law

Inter-clan fighting killed 41 people and injured at least 60 others in South Sudan’s Lakes state this week, once again underscoring the challenge faced by the government of ending intercommunal violence.  Lakes is not the…
Victims of ethnic violence in Jonglei, state, South Sudan, wait in line at the World Food Program distribution center in Pibor to receive emergency food rations, January 12, 2012.
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Most Recent Report Documents Ongoing Abuses, Lack of Justice

  The United Nations Human Rights Council should keep pressure on South Sudan to address ongoing rights abuses and the need for accountability. Next Monday, the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan…
Women from more than forty South Sudanese womens organizations carry placards during march through the city to express the frustration and suffering that women and children face in Juba, South Sudan on December 9, 2017.
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Ensure Free Speech and Academic Freedom

South Sudan’s University of Juba has suspended a renowned academic and writer from his teaching position over an opinion article on the issue of states and their boundaries – a controversial issue that has yet to be addressed by South…
Academic and writer, Taban Lo Liyong.
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Public Debate, Free Speech Are Key to Creating Stable Government

Leaders and stakeholders of war-torn South Sudan have agreed to an additional 100 days to form a transitional government. Originally, the leaders of the peace process had a deadline of November 12.   The delay buys them time…
Former Vice President of South Sudan Riek Machar, Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni, South Sudan's President Salva Kiir, and Uganda's Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa pose for a photograph as they meet at State House
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Government Should Investigate Attacks, Lift Restrictions on Access to Aid

Three more aid workers, this time staff from the International Organization for Migration (IOM), have been killed in South Sudan, the latest in a long line of frontline workers who have become casualties of the country’s…
A man raises a flag outside the IOM compound in South Sudan
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Court Failed to Respond to Rights Violations

This week, defense lawyers for activist Peter Biar Ajak and others filed appeals against convictions handed down by a South Sudan high court for offenses related to an October 7 uprising in a detention facility. The trial was plagued by…
Accused detainees in court, Juba, South Sudan.
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People at Heightened Risk Face Great Threat of Violence

“Soldiers…sometimes killed those who were left behind. Even if you were sick or old.” When the chief of Pisak, a town in South Sudan’s Yei River state said this to me, he was concerned for the safety of five members of his community who…
John Biel Dup, a former civil servant from Nassir, reads a book in the Juba Protection of Civilians 3.
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Nairobi Conference Commits to Greater Efforts to Fight Impunity, Defend Rights

Last week, the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region met in Nairobi, Kenya, to discuss “combating impunity and upholding human rights as key contributors to peace and security.” Representatives from the organization’s 12…
Jean Baptiste Nguondija, a resident of Ngbada, Central African Republic, by the grave of his 10 year-old daughter Nathana Poura. Nguondija has lost 5 children since the conflict began in 2013.