Author: Monitoring South Sudan

This Week in South Sudan – Week 25

Tuesday 20 June David Shearer, UN Special Representative for South Sudan and Head of UNMISS says fragmentation of the conflict makes sustainable peace more elusive. Meanwhile the UN calls on South Sudan’s leaders to take greater responsibility for their people. The former SPLA chief of general staff, General Paul Malong Awan said he would not… Read more »

This Week in South Sudan – Week 24

Monday 12 June Following the extra-ordinary summit in Addis Ababa, IGAD reiterated that the full implementation of ARCASS is the only way forward, and announced it will convene a High-level Revitalization Forum. President Salva Kiir’s absence has been criticised by some commentators as problematic, while the Enough Project urged for a radical rethink of the… Read more »

This Week in South Sudan – Week 23

Tuesday 6 June A U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) official is providing forensic assistance in connection with the ongoing trial related to the Terrain Hotel attack in July 2016. The trial has been adjourned until 20 June. Wednesday 7 June Al Jazeera video-report on Ana Taban artists “Young artists hope art can relieve suffering… Read more »

This Week in South Sudan – Week 22

Monday 29 May General Frank Mushyo Kamanzi from Uganda arrived in South Sudan to assume his position as the new UNMISS Force Commander. Alleged clashes between government soldiers and SPLA (IO) in Nasser town, Upper Nile State. Tuesday 30 May The military court prosecution against 13-20 SPLA soldiers commenced in Juba, in what is considered… Read more »

An overview: South Sudan’s civil war

Note to the reader: This blog post is intended for readers who desire a short introduction to current affairs in South Sudan. The text is an adaptation of a brief originally written in Norwegian and titled “Sør-Sudan: fra fest til katastrofe”. That brief is intended for a secondary school audience and was published in May… Read more »

This Week in South Sudan – Week 21

  Monday 22 May The Guardian op-ed by Payton Knopf, former coordinator of the UN Panel of Experts on South Sudan: “If Trump does nothing, 50% of South Sudan’s population could soon be gone” President Salva Kiir declared a unilateral ceasefire and promised to release political prisoners. However, such a ceasefire is unlikely to hold… Read more »

This Week in South Sudan – Week 20

Monday 15 May UN agencies increased their 2017 appeal for South Sudan to US $1.4 billion in order address what has become the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis. The UN Security Council (UNSC) reduced the UN Interim Force for Abyei (UNISFA) and warned it may withdraw its support to the Joint Border Verification & Monitoring… Read more »

This Week in South Sudan – Week 19

 Monday 8 May The Government of South Sudan (GoSS) has put the National Dialogue process on hold after the steering committee failed to reach a quorum, as appointed members have not yet reported to duty. The Guardian: “Juba in the spotlight: ongoing turmoil in the world’s youngest capital” Tuesday 9 May Unknown gunmen attacked Taban… Read more »

This Week in South Sudan – Week 18

 Wednesday 3 May President Salva Kiir plans to tour the country in an attempt to mobilise popular support for the national dialogue process. South Sudan Judges and Justices declared a nationwide strike after negotiations with the government failed. The strikers demand better working conditions and the Chief Justice’s resignation. Pulitzer Price: “Millions Are on the… Read more »

This Week in South Sudan – Week 17

Monday 24 April The Government of South Sudan (GoSS) is ready to reopen negotiations for drilling rights to oil blocks B1 and B2, after talks with Total, Tullow Oil and the Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company broke down. Security service officials have advised Salva Kiir to remove and replace the Chief Justice, Chan Reec Madut…. Read more »