South Sudan

Report: abusive surveillance created a climate of fear and self-censorship

On 29th January 2021, South Sudan's Cabinet approved the processes to establish of the Hybrid Court for South Sudan and other mechanisms for transitional justice as set out in the 2018 peace deal, the 2018 Revitalized Agreement for the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS). Read more

Report: abusive surveillance created a climate of fear and self-censorship

Concern for violations against journalists in South Sudan ahead of the 2021 election

Despite the ongoing fragile political transition and delays in fully implementing the 2018 Revitalised Peace Agreement, a presidential election is scheduled for 2021. The opposition have been increasingly hindered and locked out of South Sudan’s decision-making process;
UN convoy was attacked while travelling to deliver food items ; residents who live around Palouch and Melut oil fields in the Upper Nile region held demonstrations to bring attention to the environmental damage ; teachers in Jonglei state protest against unpaid allowances; Read more

Concern for violations against journalists in South Sudan ahead of the 2021 election

Continued violence and harassment of HRDs and journalists as UN extends arms embargo

Two South Sudanese aid workers killed by armed group in Jonglei state; Targeting and attacks against journalists in South Sudan continues as several journalists arrested and one killed; HRD and government critic Peter Biar Ajak, flees to the United States over fears for his life

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Continued violence and harassment of HRDs and journalists as UN extends arms embargo

Transitional Government Formed Amidst Ongoing Tensions and Restrictions on Freedom of Speech.

Transitional government of national unity was formed by former warring factions; Several members of the SPLM-IO defect to the ruling party; fighting continues in several areas of the country; Several prisoners released to ease overcrowing amid COVID-19; Social gatherings, political activities and religious events banned in a bid to curb COVID-19; sports journalist in Maridi state, Isaac Van arrested while renowned academic and writer at the University of Juba, Taban Lo Liyong suspended for exercising their freedom of expression and opinion. Read more

Transitional Government Formed Amidst Ongoing Tensions and Restrictions on Freedom of Speech.

Government critic pardoned, journalists assaulted, detained

the government of South Sudan and the opposition postponed the creation of a unity government for the third time as the US imposes visa restrictions and recalls its ambassador; International Organization for Migration (IOM) killed during fighting between government forces and National Salvation Front (NAS) rebels; government critic Peter Biar Ajak pardoned and released from custody; Associated Press journalist Sam Mednick’s accreditation revoked and asked to leave the country, journalists attacked by senior army official while covering state event; Emmanuel Monychol Akop- managing editor of The Dawn newspaper,detained by the National Security Service (NSS) Read more

Government critic pardoned, journalists assaulted, detained

Human rights groups decry deteriorating situation as peace agreement remains unimplemented

Violation of human rights still rampant as peace deal remains unimplemented, disappeared government critics and activists reported killed, as journalists and media outlets continue to face censorship and initmidation Read more

Human rights groups decry deteriorating situation as peace agreement remains unimplemented

Warring Factions Sign Peace Agreement, Pledge to Release Political Prisoners

violations continue across the country despite the signing of a revitilised ceasefire Read more

Warring Factions Sign Peace Agreement, Pledge to Release Political Prisoners

new hope for democracy and rule of law yet to be felt by activists

Military court sentences 10 soldiers who violently attacked aid workers in 2016, as Kiir and Machar gear up to sign the final peace deal at IGAD summit. However, vocal activists remain in detention as arbitrary arrests continue. Read more

new hope for democracy and rule of law yet to be felt by activists