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by the government’s move and called on Juba to reverse its decision.South Sudan’s government announced that it has withdrawn from peace negotiations with rebel…

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…

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…

South Sudan: African Union must set precedent for African-led justice by establishing court for South Sudan

Ahead of the African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) meeting on South Sudan on 30 November, Amnesty International and the South Sudanese Transitional Justice Working Group (TJWG) have called on the African Union to speed up the formation of the Hybrid Court for South Sudan (HCSS).The AUPSC must call on the African Union Commission to ensure an effective legal mechanism exists to investigate and prosecute serious human right violations…

South Sudan: African Union’s abandoned commitment to justice in Africa: The case of the hybrid court for South Sudan

It is seven years since the first peace deal was signed in South Sudan and with it a commitment made to set up a African Union-backed up Hybrid Court for South Sudan (HCSS) to investigate and prosecute war crimes and other human rights violations committed in the conflict since 2011. But the creation of the HCSS has been delayed. The establishment of the HCSS is an opportunity for the AU…