Monday 10 July
- The United States’ position on, and continued support for South Sudan remains unclear amid proposed budget cuts and major restructuring of USAID operations.
- International Crisis Group: “China’s Foreign Policy Experiment in South Sudan”
Tuesday 11 July
- More than 20 people were killed in a cattle raid carried out by suspected armed youth from Western Lakes State.
- Reuters: “South Sudan’s women deminers brave danger to change their children’s future”
Wednesday 12 July
- The Government of South Sudan (GoSS) announced plans to remove a fuel subsidy; sparking fear such a move could increase prices of basic commodities further.
- Financial Times: “China backs economic power with political muscle in Africa”
Thursday 13 July
- Heavy fighting between SPLA (IO) and government forces continued around Mathiang in Upper Nile State, just north of Pagak -the opposition’s headquarters. The offensive has forced about 5000 civilians to seek shelter in Ethiopia. GoSS claim the declared unilateral ceasefire does not include the Pagak area.
- President Kiir dismissed a group of 12-14 judges on strike in a bid to force reform in the judicial system. Other South Sudanese said they will continue their strike despite the dismissals.
Friday 14 July
- The UN is considering opening a peacekeeping base in Yei, Central Equatoria State. It would be the UN’s first such expansion in South Sudan since the civil war began in 2013.
- SPLM (IO) leader, Riek Machar appointed four governors in the newly created states of Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Lol, Warrap and Gbudue State.
- Reuters photo story on Ana Taban “South Sudanese youth turn to art to push for peace”
Saturday 15 July
- South Sudan’s National Security Service arrested the Director of state-run South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation (SSBC), Adil Faris Mayat, for allegedly failing to live broadcast President Kiir’s independence day speech.
- The Chairman of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), Festus Mogae has rejected calls to resign and declare the failure of the IGAD-brokered peace agreement.
Sunday 16 July
- More than 19 people were killed in a cattle raid carried out by suspected Murle youth on Kolmarek village, Jonglei State.