South Sudan: Humanitarian Snapshot (August 2020)

By August, an estimated 500,000 people had been affected by flooding in areas along the White Nile, with Jonglei and Lakes the worst affected states. Heavy rains caused rivers to overflow, flooding vast areas and settlements. In Bor South County, over 33,000 people earlier displaced by conflict and flooding in Twic East and Duk counties to the north moved west into Awerial county, and took shelter in Mingkaman town IDP…

Post- conflict constitution – making processes: Lessons and best practices for South Sudan

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY This report examines the experiences of selected countries, in so far as these might provide lessons and best practices for South Sudan as it envisages a process towards the adoption of a permanent constitution. It compares the constitution-making processes adopted in 21 jurisdictions from around the world – Africa (13 countries), Asia (5), South America (1) and Europe (2). The case studies were carefully selected, taking into account…

IGAD can observe Sant’Egidio process for peace in S. Sudan: NAS

(JUBA) - The National Salvation Front (NAS) said that the IGAD can only take part as an observer in the Sant’Egidio-mediated process when the peace talks resume with Juba. The Sant’Egidio led process was scheduled to resume in March 2020 but the COVID 19 pandemic froze the negotiations. NAS Spokesman Suba Samuel reiterated that the South Sudan Opposition Movements’ Alliance (SSOMA) including his group is disposed to engage in political…

Country Violations Top UN Human Rights Council Agenda

Nations accused of violating their citizens’ rights and freedoms will come under intense scrutiny by the 47-member U.N. Human Rights Council during its upcoming three-week session, which begins on Monday. As its first order of business, the council is expected to consider a request by member countries to hold an urgent debate on the human rights situation in Belarus.  The country has been in turmoil following the alleged rigging of…

Small project, major impact: UNMISS constructs first-ever police station in Terekeka

FRANCESCA MOLD/PRIYANKA CHOWDHURY In Terekeka, Central Equatoria, the justice system was so broken by years of war that offenders were chained a tree while their crimes were investigated because there was no police station. Local officers counted themselves lucky to at least have a tent to shelter under while they took statements from victims and carried out their investigations. But the lack of support and infrastructure was demoralizing for the…

Weakest, Most Fragile States Will Be Those Worst Affected by COVID-19 in Medium, Long Term, Humanitarian Chief Tells Security Council

Top peacekeeping and humanitarian affairs officials warned the Security Council during a 9 September videoconference meeting* that wide-ranging implications of the COVID-19 pandemic could erode peace and push more conflict‑affected nations onto its agenda. Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, briefing the Council on the implementation of resolution 2532 (2020) that called for a global ceasefire amid the pandemic, said the weakest, most fragile and conflict-affected countries will be those…

SRF dispatches advance delegation to Khartoum

(JUBA) - The Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) formed an advance delegation led by the Vice-Chairman of the SPLM-North Yasir Arman, to tour Khartoum and other cities, accompanied by the head of the South Sudanese mediation team, Tut Gatluak. The mediation set the beginning of next October for the final signing of the peace agreement that was initialled by initials on August 31, between the government and the SRF and Sudan…

Islamist group denies seeking to forge an alliance with Sudan’s military

(KHARTOUM) - The acting Secretary-General of the Islamist Popular Congress Party (PCP) in Sudan denied that their recent meeting with the Chairman of the Sovereign Council Gen Abdel Fattah al-Burhan aimed at forging an alliance with the military to overthrow the transitional government. Bashir Adam Rahma stressed that they discussed the need to expand the political incubator for the transitional government in order to reach a national accord after the…