This Week in South Sudan – Week 46

Monday 14 November

  • Japan approved a plan to deploy a new contingent of Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force troops, authorized to conduct rescue missions in South Sudan. Critics claim the move risks pulling Japanese soldiers into overseas fighting for the first time since World War Two.
  • Clashes between SPLA (IO) forces loyal to, respectively, Riek Machar and Taban Deng have been reported in Nhialdiu, Unity State. The government claimed the SPLA (IO) kidnapped 20 humanitarian workers during the fighting, an accusation the SPLA (IO) later refuted.
  • The Government of South Sudan (GOSS) and the Government of Uganda has signed an agreement to create one-stop border crossings in order to simplify and expedite border controls.
  • IRIN Analysis: “Who can stop the threat of genocide in South Sudan?”

Tuesday 15 November

  • Civil servants have gone unpaid for more than two months in several areas across the country.
  • The Wall Street Journal: “China Discovers the Price of Global Power: Soldiers Returning in Caskets”
  • New UN Panel of Experts interim report on South Sudan.

Wednesday 16 November

  • UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned of a “very real risk of mass atrocities” in South Sudan. In his report to the Security Council he also stated that UNMISS would not be capable of preventing mass killings.
  • President Salva Kiir has reportedly granted amnesty to the 750 SPLA (IO) troops currently residing in refugee camps in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.

Friday 18 November

  • Clashes between government forces and SPLA (IO) reported in several places; Adaab el Bahr and Kaljak, Unity State and Tore payam, Morobo and Bazi in Central Equatoria.
  • The US circulated a draft resolution to the UN Security Council proposing an arms embargo on South Sudan, marking a shift in its position on the matter. Amid the heightened alarm over escalation of ethnic violence the US further proposed targeted sanctions against SPLM (IO) leader Riek Machar, South Sudan’s Chief of Staff Paul Malong and Minister of Information Michael Makuei.

Sunday 20 November

  • The governor of Gbudue, one of South Sudan’s new states, has placed a SSP 1 million reward for anyone who kills Alfred Futuyo, a militia leader associated with the ‘Arrow Boys’.

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