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UN rights chief: Syria government abuses 'far outweigh' rebels
April 9, 2014
Human rights violations by Syrian government forces "far outweigh" those by armed rebel groups, UN human rights chief Navi Pillay told the UN Security Council on Tuesday. Pillay briefed the Security Council on the human rights situations in Syria, Central African Republic (CAR), South Sudan, Mali an....... [more]

Rights groups call for arrest of Sudan president
March 5, 2014
More than 30 human rights and civil society organizations on Tuesday called for the arrest of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. Tuesday was the fifth anniversary of his indictment on five counts of crimes against humanity (murder, torture, rape, extermination, and forcible transfer). In the open l....... [more]

HRW: African nations should investigate the use of cluster bombs in South Sudan
February 16, 2014
Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged the governments of South Sudan and Uganda on Saturday to investigate new evidence that cluster bombs were used in the South Sudan conflict. HRW cited new evidence of cluster bombs, including intact unexploded submunitions or "bomblets," discovered by UN experts in the....... [more]

South Sudan's Constitutional Bait-and-Switch
February 14, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Cope of Georgetown University Law Center argues that the crisis in South Sudan suggests that the international community might consider refocusing more of its attention on the role of constitutional structure ...Experts disagree about the biggest source of the current cr....... [more]

HRW: traffickers torturing Eritrean refugees in Sudan and Egypt
February 12, 2014
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday released a report outlining the prevalent trafficking and torture of Eritrean refugees for ransom by Sudanese and Egyptian individuals that has been occurring since 2010. Victims stated in the report that traffickers kidnapped and tortured them in order to extort....... [more]

Protecting the South Sudanese Right to Self-Determination
February 3, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Sarah Nouwen of the University of Cambridge Faculty of Law argues that the challenge facing both South Sudan and the international community is to ensure the South Sudanese right to decide on a future they want ... These days are crucial for South Sudan. The most immediate qu....... [more]

UN rights expert: protect internally displaced persons in South Sudan
February 2, 2014
UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons Chaloka Beyani on Friday encouraged the UN and the international community to address the safety and security of South Sudan's internally displaced persons. The number of internally displaced persons in South Sudan has reached....... [more]

South Sudan officials face treason charges
January 29, 2014
Paulino Winawilla Unago, the minister of justice in South Sudan announced that a group of political leaders, including former Vice President Riek Machar, could face treason charges for their role in an alleged coup in December. Speaking to a group of reporters on Tuesday, the justice minister said....... [more]

Prospects for the Rule of Law in South Sudan
January 29, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist David Pimentel of Ohio Northern University's Pettit College of Law argues that South Sudan's rule of law challenges remain a stumbling block to its development and to its capacity for addressing internal conflicts and continuing violence ... The prevailing mood in South Sudan....... [more]

HRW urges probe of South Sudan civilian attacks
January 16, 2014
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday called for South Sudan leaders, the African Union (AU) and the UN to support an international commission of inquiry to investigate targeted attacks on civilians based on ethnicity. Daniel Bekele, Africa director at HRW, said, "Appalling crimes have been committed....... [more]

Recent Events and the International Response
January 14, 2014
In addition to ongoing issues of violence and upheaval, several members of the international community have been critical of alleged human rights violations and have expressed ongoing concerns about the actions of both the ruling party within the government and other political groups. The violence i....... [more]


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