March 26, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
South Sudan's National Legislative Assembly voted Tuesday to extend the term of President Salva Kiir by three years. This move follows the cancellation of elections that were to be held in June and the dissolution of negotiations to end the country's internal conflict. The talks between opposing ...[read more]
March 5, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday urged South Sudanese Vice President Riek Machar and President Salva Kiir to put their issues aside for the well-being of South Sudan in order to create lasting peace. He urged them to make the necessary compromises and create a power-sharing agreement ...[read more]
February 23, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
UNICEF on Saturday condemned the abduction of young boys by an armed group in South Sudan. A UNICEF team found that 89 children were abducted by armed soldiers in an Upper Nile State community. According to witnesses, boys over the age of 12 were taken by force. UNICEF urged the immediate release ...[read more]
February 16, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
South Sudan government forces are recruiting child soldiers, Human Rights Watch (HRW). A UN report has documented the use of more than 561 child soldiers since the beginning of the conflict. Daniel Bekele, the Africa director at HRW, stated that government forces are taking children from right ...[read more]
February 6, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic told reporters on Thursday that the warring parties in the South Sudan conflict are close to signing a peace deal. However, Simonovic confirmed that rights violations continue, despite a decrease in fighting. Earlier this ...[read more]
January 12, 2015
by William Helbling
The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) reported Friday that hundreds of civilians were targeted and massacred based on their ethnicity and political beliefs in two separate events last year that may amount to war crimes. In the capitals of Unity State and Jongelei, 353 civilians were murdered and ...[read more]
January 11, 2015
by Emelina Perez
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, briefing the General Assembly on Thursday, presented his report which proposes a new development agenda and called 2015 a "time for global action." The Secretary General said this year could see major advances in development, peace and human rights. ...[read more]
December 8, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) issued a press release Friday declaring 2014 "a devastating year for children" citing the 15 million children affected by violent conflicts in the Central African Republic, Iraq, South Sudan, the State of Palestine, Syria and Ukraine. Beyond the newly erupted ...[read more]
October 9, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Lawmakers in South Sudan on Wednesday passed a controversial bill that gives security forces the right to arrest suspected criminals without a warrant. The bill was passed into law in its fourth reading after a three-hour debate. The leader of the minority Sudan People's Liberation Movement- ...[read more]
October 5, 2014
by William Helbling
The United States on Saturday urged the South Sudan government to participate in a consultation process throughout the phases of government relating to drafting legislation, regulations, and controlling the national security service. It is reported that the current drafting of a controversial ...[read more]

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