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Darfur: Inter-communal tensions still high despite improved security, UNAMID Head

While security has improved in Darfur, inter-communal tensions in the conflict-plagued region of Sudan are still high, with clashes over land and livestock, the head of the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission said on Monday. Briefing the Security Council, via video conference, Jeremiah Mamabolo, the head of the AU-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID), […]

UN rights chief calls for release of hundreds abducted, abused in South Sudan

Hundreds of civilians who were taken by opposition forces in South Sudan’s Western Equatoria region during an uptick in fighting are still missing, the UN’s top rights official said on Thursday, in a call for their immediate release. The development reportedly happened in April, ahead of the signing in August of a new peace agreement […]

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South Sudanese government must bring soldiers under control

A “lack of command and control” on the part of South Sudan’s government, just days after signing a new peace agreement to end years of brutal civil conflict, is one of the factors, which led to the shooting of a United Nations peacekeeper on Saturday, the UN mission chief in the country has said. Special […]

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South Sudan belligerent factions sign final peace deal

South Sudan warring factions on Wednesday inked a revitalized peace deal in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa under the auspices of the regional political the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, IGAD. The move comes a month after the president of South Sudan and head of the country’s main rebel group signed a final ceasefire and power-sharing […]

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Verdict against South Sudan soldiers ‘finally delivers justice’ – UN Mission

South Sudan government combatants have been convicted for murder and rape in the infamous Terrain Hotel raid in July 2016. “The finding of a military court that 10 soldiers were guilty of committing violence against civilians at the Terrain Hotel in Juba, South Sudan, has finally delivered justice for the survivors and the family of […]

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Security Council imposes arms embargo on South Sudan

The Security Council on Friday narrowly passed a measure aimed at stopping the flow of weapons to armed groups in South Sudan, with those Members in favor saying it would protect civilians, while abstainers voiced concerns that it would undermine the ongoing peace process in the world’s youngest country. Adopting a resolution by a vote […]

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Mandate of South Sudan President, Parliament Extended Until 2021

South Sudan’s parliament voted Thursday to amend the constitution and extend the terms in office for President Salva Kiir, the country’s vice presidents, all members of parliament and governors of the 32 states for another three years. Dengtiel Kur, chairperson of the parliament’s legislative committee, presented the bill to amend the constitution during an extraordinary […]

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‘Wind blowing in the direction of peace’ in Africa, UN Secretary-General

Secretary-General António Guterres (right) addresses a peace and security in Africa session at the Second Annual AU-UN Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Recent developments in Africa indicate that the continent is increasingly moving in the “direction of peace” and enhanced security, the United Nations Secretary-General told journalists in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Monday. […]

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South Sudan rebels reject peace deal to end a near five-year-old war

South Sudan rebels on Monday rejected a peace agreement signed last week to reinstate their leader Riek Machar as vice president, arguing that the deal failed to dilute the strong power base of the country’s President Salva Kiir’s. South Sudan’s government and rebel groups have reached a deal on security arrangements during talks in Khartoum […]

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US slams plan to extend South Sudan president’s term

The United States on Thursday condemned a bill proposed by South Sudan’s government to extend by another three years President Salva Kiir’s tenure as well as the tenure of his two deputies, parliament and state governors. The bill seeks to amend the Constitution to extend Kiir’s tenure to 2021, lawmakers said earlier this week. Deputy […]

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