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This Week in South Sudan – Week 39

Tuesday 25 September South Sudanese surgeon Dr. Evan Ata Adaha was awarded the 2018 UNHCR’s Nansen Refugee Award. President Kiir appointed Malek Reuben Riak Rengu, a UN-sanctioned general, as deputy defence minister. Mahmood Mamdani in New York Times: “The Trouble with South Sudan’s New Peace Deal”. Wednesday 26 September The SPLA and SPLA-IO accused each… Read more »

This Week in South Sudan – Week 38

Monday 17 September Extra-Ordinary IGAD summit endorse R-ARCSS and request the UN Security Council to review its mandate for the Regional Protection Force. Thursday 20 September At a briefing for the UN Security Council, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean Pierre Lacroix reported on an increasingly stable security situation in Abyei, thus advocated that the… Read more »

This Week in South Sudan – Week 37

Monday 10 September The International Committee of the Red Cross reported that the ceasefire in South Sudan appears to hold. However, the SPLM-IO accused government forces of violating the ceasefire agreement. Tuesday 11 September The Government of South Sudan extended oil production agreements with four companies: South Sudan’s Nile Petroleum Company, Malaysia’s Petronas, China National… Read more »

This Week in South Sudan – Week 36

Monday 3 September The parties to the recent ceasefire agreement started a three-day workshop on ceasefire and transitional security arrangements. Tuesday 4 September South Sudan refugee representatives met with the key stakeholders of the Khartoum peace negotiations. Amnesty International reported that South Sudanese authorities have arbitrarily arrested, detained, tortured and ill-treated people despite promises to… Read more »

This Week in South Sudan – Week 35

Tuesday 28 August The IGAD mediation team proposed a referendum to decide on the number of states in South Sudan. Wednesday 29 August President Kiir promoted more than 120 army officers to major generals. President Kiir arrived in Beijing for the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation taking place on 3-4 September. At the forum, China pledged… Read more »

This Week in South Sudan – Week 34

Monday 20 August According to Sentry, a US-based watchdog, General Jok Riak did not receive an official waiver from the UN when he visited China, thereby revealing a gap in sanctions enforcement. Tuesday 21 August The Chairperson of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission, Festus G. Mogae, resigned from his position. Mogae was criticized for… Read more »

This Week in South Sudan – Week 33

Tuesday 14 August The next phase of IGAD’s peace talks started in Khartoum. Wednesday 15 August President Salva Kiir proposed that 14 of the 32 states should be governed by the opposition as part of the peace deal. Thursday 16 August Military chief General Jok Riak returned unimpeded from a visit to China, despite the… Read more »

This Week in South Sudan – Week 32

Monday 6 August The National Salvation front (NAS) distanced itself from the agreement on outstanding issues of governance. The leader of NAS, Thomas Cirillo Swaka, fired six leading members of the party, accusing them of plotting to overthrow him. Tuesday 7 August The Troika (US, UK, Norway) and the European Union called on the government… Read more »

This Week in South Sudan – Week 31

Tuesday 31 July The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North led by Malik Agar praised progress towards a negotiated settlement in South Sudan. Wednesday 1 August The People’s Liberal Party urged Sudanese mediators to intervene for the release of activist Peter Bier Ajak in South Sudan. Friday 3 August President Salva Kiir promoted his wife Mary Ayen… Read more »

This Week in South Sudan – Week 29 and 30

Monday 16 July Ugandan President Museveni called for European countries to ease sanctions on South Sudan. Daily Monitor: “South Sudan Talks: A Lasting Peace or Marriage of Convenience?” Wednesday 18 July President Salva Kiir sacked the foreign affairs minister Deng Alor Kuol and appointed Nhial Deng Nhial to the position. The UN Security Council imposed… Read more »