This Week in South Sudan –Week 14

Due to changes in the personnel here at PRIO, This Week in South Sudan is put on hold after this week. We regret this temporary break in what has been a five-year continuous provision of updates, and plan to start again shortly.   Monday 1 April Amidst political chaos in Khartoum, Sudan’s president Omar Al… Read more »

This Week in South Sudan – Week 13

Monday 25 March Together with six other detainees, Peter Biar Ajak appeared in court and was charged with insurgency, but they denied the charges against them. Read more about the background for the detention of Ajak in the week 10, 2019, post. The UN appealed to the South Sudan authorities to release Ajak, and stated… Read more »

This Week in South Sudan – Week 12

Monday 18 March The Defence Ministries of Sudan and South Sudan agreed to demilitarise the disputed common borders by the next month. IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan, Ismail Wais, said that the formation of a new unity government is facing key obstacles. The revitalised peace agreement is already behind schedule and a unified army… Read more »

This Week in South Sudan – Week 11

Monday 11 March In cooperation with the Ministry of Petroleum, the Oranto Petroleum company announced that they will be financing an educational program in Yirol, Lakes, reaching approximately 60 000 children. Wednesday 13 March After talks with the IGAD special envoy, the South Sudan United Front, with its leader Paul Malong, is ready to become… Read more »

This Week in South Sudan – Week 10

Monday 4 March Ethiopian President Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaiaas Afwerki visited South Sudan to discuss the way forward for the revitalised peace agreement with President Salva Kiir. IGAD invited the leader of South Sudan United Front (SSUF), General Paul Malong for a meeting to discuss the implementation of the revitalised peace agreement. The… Read more »

This Week in South Sudan – Week 9

Monday 25 February At a meeting in Juba, representatives from the South Sudan Opposition Alliance, the SPLM-IO, and the South Sudan People’s Defence Forces, committed to end violations against children. Wednesday 27 February The People’s Democratic Movement’s leader Hakim Dario said that IGAD should renegotiate the revitalised peace agreement, arguing it should include their demands… Read more »

This Week in South Sudan – Week 8

Wednesday 20 February A recent UN report tally alleged perpetrators of sexual violence, killings and torture in South Sudan. The confidential list of suspects includes people from the army, national security, military intelligence, rebel forces and affiliated armed groups. Bel Trew in Independent: “Too Young to Wed: Poverty and Hunger are Driving up Numbers of… Read more »

This Week in South Sudan – Week 7

Monday 11 February The Minister of Labour, James Hoth Mai, said he will reform the civil service sector, with the primary aim of increasing youth employment. Tuesday 12 February The UN reports a surge in violence in Yei State displacing 8000 people, where about 5000 have fled to the DRC. The Diplomat: “How China Came… Read more »

This Week in South Sudan – Week 6

Monday 4 February South Sudan and Uganda formed a join technical border committee to address and resolve border tensions. Tuesday 5 February The UN envoy for South Sudan, David Shearer, said fighting in South Sudan “has diminished greatly” since the signing of the revitalised peace agreement. The parties of the revitalized peace agreement agreed to… Read more »

This Week in South Sudan – Week 5

Tuesday 29 January The editor-in-chief of the newspaper Al-Watan, Michael Christopher, fled South Sudan after being warned not to cover the protests in Sudan. Read more about this situation in our previous posts from week 3 and week 4. Wednesday 30 January The SPLM Former Detainees announced it will reunite with the ruling SPLM party… Read more »