S. Sudan rebels slam Juba’s decision to halt peace talks

South Sudan rebel coalition on Saturday downplayed President Salva Kiir’s government’s decision to withdraw from peace negotiations brokered by Sant’ Egidio, a Catholic association with ties to the Vatican.In a statement extended to Sudan Tribune, the Non-Signatory South Sudan Opposition Group (NSSOG) said it was dismayed by the government’s move and called on Juba to reverse its decision.South Sudan’s government announced that it has withdrawn from peace negotiations with rebel…

Amnesty urges AU action on hybrid court

Amnesty International on Wednesday urged the African Union to take "long-awaited" steps toward creating a promised war crimes tribunal to try atrocities committed during South Sudan's bloody five-year conflict.The establishment of an AU-led ‘hybrid court’ to prosecute those responsible for war-time atrocities was first agreed on in a 2015 peace deal, and again in 2018, but never implemented.Government and opposition forces have been accused of heinous crimes, including gang rape,…

West Africa, European partners bolster ties against jihadist threat

ACCRA— West African nations met with European leaders on Tuesday for talks on “homegrown” ways to prevent jihadist conflict in the Sahel from threatening countries on the Gulf of Guinea, but the get-together ended with no major announcement.Coastal states Ghana, Benin, Togo and Ivory Coast face increasing threats and attacks from militants across their northern borders with Burkina Faso and Niger.The summit in Ghana’s capital Accra also comes as more…

Abyei citizens complain of rising food prices

Citizens in the Abyei Administrative Area are complaining about the surge in food prices in the market, saying they struggle to feed their families.Speaking to Radio Tamazuj on Wednesday, several residents said the prices of food commodities have gone up to a level that people are no longer able to afford them.Nyandeng Wek, a resident of Abyei, said: "The prices of commodities in Abyei are very expensive, and people have…

Rebel alliance announces support for Sudan’s upcoming framework agreement

The Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF), an alliance of rebel movements that signed the Juba Peace Agreement with the Sudanese government in October 2020, announced yesterday that it will back the upcoming political agreement, brokered by the AU-IGAD-UN Trilateral Mechanism. Their condition is that their amendments will be included in the draft Constitution Charter prepared by the Sudanese Bar Association in August, which was amended after comments from the military. In…

More than 50,000 migrants ‘die in search of a better life’

After risking their lives on dangerous journeys, more than 50,000 migrants are known to have died worldwide since 2014, the UN migration agency, IOM, said on Wednesday. The tragic milestone was confirmed in a new report from the International Organization for Migration’s Missing Migrants Project, which also maintains that little action had been taken by any country of origin, transit or arrival. “While thousands of deaths have been documented across…