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…

U.S. urges speedy implementation of Ethiopia peace deal

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken emphasized the need for speedy implementation of a peace agreement signed between Ethiopia’s federal government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).Blinken made the point Tuesday during a telephone meeting with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on the ongoing efforts to bring lasting peace to a two-year conflict in northern Ethiopia.“The Secretary underlined the importance of immediately implementing the cessation of hostilities agreement, including…

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…

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…

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…

Home is a deadly place for many women and girls, UN report reveals

On average, more than five women or girls were killed every hour in 2021 by someone in their own family, two UN agencies said in a report published on Wednesday. The study by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and UN Women was issued ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, observed annually on 25 November. Of the 81,000 women and girls intentionally…