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Mission to South Sudan 2015

    Amnesty International has sent a human rights research mission to South Sudan to investigate human rights violations associated with ongoing conflict in the region, and report on the conditions of refugees and Internally Displaced People.

    The 2015 mission, launches this spring from Juba, the capital of South Sudan. Please make a financial contribution to support this vital mission.

    Your support will help us to:

    •     Tell the world of our eye-witness accounts of the horrific killings happening right now in southern Sudan
    •     Meet UN decision-makers to make sure they understand the reality of this campaign of violence against civilians and make a commitment to stop it
    •     Step up our campaign to end the use of indiscriminate weapons – like bombs -- that destroy the lives of so many innocent civilians
    •     Ensure that those responsible for war crimes against civilians in Sudan are brought to justice
    •     Improve conditions for Internally displaced persons and refugees in Sudan and neighbouring countries.

    NEWS FROM THE MISSION

    Do the people of Sudan's Nuba Mountains not matter?

    For four years, the Sudanese military has waged a terrifying war against its own people, in the besieged state of South Kordofan. As the fourth anniversary of this disgraceful human rights crisis approaches next month; it is long past time for the world to finally do something about it.

    Canada, home to a large Sudanese and South Sudanese community and once upon a time a key player in efforts to bring peace to Sudan, should put diplomatic, financial and humanitarian assets on the table to make sure that happens.

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    South Sudan: Escalation of violence points to failed regional and international action

    New research conducted by Amnesty International on the surge in military activity in South Sudan over the past weeks clearly shows that regional and international efforts to end the human suffering caused by armed conflict in South Sudan have failed.

    Amnesty International researchers have just returned from Bentiu in Unity state where they documented violations including civilian killings, abduction and sexual violence.

    “The spike in fighting between the parties to the conflict is a clear indication that South Sudan’s leaders have little interest in a cessation of hostilities, while the region and the rest of the international community are reluctant to take bold steps towards addressing repeated atrocities,” said Michelle Kagari, deputy director with Amnesty International.

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    BLOGS FROM THE MISSION

    Where bombs rain terror from the sky while the world looks the other way

    By Alex Neve, Secretary General for Amnesty International Canada Section

    SOUTHERN KORDOFAN - Time and again, as we have interviewed women, men and young people throughout Sudan’s besieged Southern Kordofan state, people have had not just one account of personal tragedy to share but several.

    That is perhaps the most heartbreaking measure of how entrenched this human rights and humanitarian crisis has become. After four years, the people of Southern Kordofan have seen the violence and injustice come around several times: more bombs, more displacement, more hunger, more loss and more death.  This is a cruel campaign that does not only strike once.

    These are not the stories of those caught on the front line by chance. But civilians deliberately targeted.

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    ‘Stop education, lose a generation’ – Tough lessons for refugees fleeing Sudan’s overlooked crisis

    In a forgotten corner of South Sudan – a country itself mired in war, human rights violations and a staggering humanitarian catastrophe – refugees from a largely overlooked human rights crisis continue to arrive and continue to face immense challenges.

    The refugee camps of Yida and Adjoung Thok lie inside the northern tip of the country’s Unity State (a cruelly ironic name for a state that has seen some of the worst fighting in the country’s current civil war), very close to the border that was etched into atlases when it gained independence from Sudan in July 2011.

    They have  arrived here from neighbouring Sudan’s Southern Kordofan state, where an overlooked human rights crisis has played out during four unrelenting years of armed conflict and at the Sudanese armed forces’ massive and indiscriminate military assault.

    These refugees number around 95,000 and continue to arrive daily. Just imagine the desperation that makes fleeing to war ravaged South Sudan, a more attractive option than enduring the bombing, terror and hunger in Southern Kordofan.  

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