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    May 03, 2013

    (Juba, May 3, 2013) – Security force harassment and unlawful detention of journalists is undermining freedom of expression in South Sudan, the Agency for Independent Media (AIM), Amnesty International, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), and Human Rights Watch said today, on World Press Freedom Day.

    Since South Sudan became independent in July 2011, its security forces have regularly intimidated and unlawfully arrested and detained journalists and editors in connection with the content of their reporting. The organizations are calling for an end to the harassment and have documented multiple cases, many at the hands of South Sudan’s National Security Service (NSS), a security organ whose mandate and functions have never been established by law and which does not have any authority to arrest and detain people.

    “The South Sudanese authorities have done far too little to end unlawful detention of media workers in recent years,” said Daniel Bekele, Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “The government should rein in its security forces and investigate and prosecute all attacks on journalists.”

    February 21, 2013

    Tensions are spiraling in South Sudan’s western Bahr El Ghazal state following a series of arrests by the state authorities and a security clampdown that has left 24 dead and more than 60 injured, Amnesty International said today in a new report.

    The organization is calling for a thorough investigation into the largely unreported events of December 2012 in the wake of a controversial decision to relocate Wau County headquarters.

    On 8 and 9 December 2012, security forces killed 11 people following road blocks and protests in Wau town. The protests began over the state government’s decision to move Wau County headquarters from Wau to Bagari – a town 19 kilometres away.

    “The failure of the authorities to ensure proper investigations into the events in Wau County in December 2012 has allowed tensions to mount,” said Amnesty International’s Africa Director, Netsanet Belay.

    “Those responsible for unlawful killings, including the security forces responsible for killing protesters, must promptly be held to account.”

    Amnesty International has sent a human research mission to South Sudan to investigate human rights violations, and report on the conditions of Internally Displaced People.

    Alex Neve, Secretary-General of Amnesty International Canada, reports back directly from South Sudan, July 2014.
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    Background to the mission:

    South Sudanese Women Speak Peace: Presentations, MP Panel and Discussion

    Featuring women peacebuilders Agnes Wasuk Petia and Awak Deng and MP Panel with Hélène Laverdière, MP, and others TBC

    Moderated by Jennifer Henry, KAIROS Executive Director

    Thursday, December 7, 2017, 7:00 pm-9:00 pm

    Desmarais Building, Room 1160, 55 Laurier, University of Ottawa

    Our special guests will highlight the critical role of grassroots organizations like the South Sudan Council of Churches in responding to violence against women in war-torn South Sudan and in building peace at the community and national level. MPs from each political party have been invited to respond in the context of Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy and the National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.

    Amnesty International led a human rights research mission to Sudan's southern Kordofan region in January 2013.


    “The international community continues to watch this catastrophe unfold as the humanitarian situation worsens in conflict-affected areas of Southern Kordofan. It’s time for some concerted action.” 

    -Khairunissa Dhala, Amnesty International’s South Sudan researcher.

    The mission was led by Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada and Khairunissa Dhala, South Sudan Researcher from Amnesty's International Secretariat.

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