South Sudan

BARCELONA, Spain | South Sudan lawmakers extend president’s term until 2021

BARCELONA, Spain  — South Sudan’s parliament on Thursday approved extending President Salva Kiir’s term until 2021, angering the armed opposition and threatening already fragile peace talks in a five-year civil war. The president is expected to sign the extension Thursday or Friday after parliament met in extraordinary session, lawmaker Atem Garang told The Associated Press. … Continue reading BARCELONA, Spain | South Sudan lawmakers extend president’s term until 2021

JOHANNESBURG | Gang-rapes, lynchings: UN tallies latest South Sudan abuses

JOHANNESBURG — A new United Nations report says South Sudan government troops and allied fighters killed at least 232 civilians in a five-week period this year, with some victims hung from trees and others burned alive. The U.N. report released Tuesday is the latest snapshot of the widespread atrocities committed in the world’s youngest nation … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | Gang-rapes, lynchings: UN tallies latest South Sudan abuses

United Nations News: South Sudan, ‘Horrific acts’ by government may constitute ‘war crimes’ says UN, demanding justice

UNITED NATIONS – The UN human rights office, OHCHR, issued a report on Tuesday, noting the “deliberate…and brutally violent” targeting of civilians, particularly women and children, in April and May. According to the report, at least 120 women and girls were raped and those unable to flee were killed as part of a deliberate “scorched … Continue reading United Nations News: South Sudan, ‘Horrific acts’ by government may constitute ‘war crimes’ says UN, demanding justice

U.S. Department of State News: South Sudan National Day

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State today released the following statement: On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, we extend our best wishes to the people of the Republic of South Sudan on the seventh anniversary of their nation’s independence. This should be a day of celebration marking South Sudan’s emergence … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: South Sudan National Day

DUBLIN  | South Sudan’s latest cease-fire is violated within hours

DUBLIN — South Sudan government troops violated the country’s latest cease-fire just hours after it began at midnight, the armed opposition claimed Saturday, while a government spokesman accused the rebels of attacking instead. The competing claims indicated a shaky start to the latest attempt at ending a devastating five-year civil war that has killed tens … Continue reading DUBLIN  | South Sudan’s latest cease-fire is violated within hours

JUBA, South Sudan | In South Sudan, actress Ashley Judd brings spirit of #MeToo

JUBA, South Sudan — In her first visit to civil war-torn South Sudan, actress Ashley Judd had a message for survivors of sexual assault in a country where rape is a widespread weapon. “I see you, I love you and I’m here for you,” she said in an interview with The Associated Press. Seated on … Continue reading JUBA, South Sudan | In South Sudan, actress Ashley Judd brings spirit of #MeToo

U.S. Department of State News: South Sudan: Travel Advisory Remains Level 4 – Do Not Travel

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State today released the following statement: The Department of State renewed its Travel Advisory for South Sudan on June 28, 2018.  The Department continues to advise travelers to not travel to South Sudan.  This replaces the previous Travel Advisory issued on January 10, 2018. The full text of the new … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: South Sudan: Travel Advisory Remains Level 4 – Do Not Travel

JUBA, South Sudan | UN peacekeeper from Bangladesh killed in South Sudan

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — A United Nations peacekeeper was killed on Tuesday in South Sudan when a U.N. convoy was attacked. Lieutenant Commander Ashraf Siddiqui from Bangladesh was part of a convoy protecting humanitarian workers traveling from Yei to Lasu in Central Equatoria province. Shots were fired by a group of unknown gunmen and … Continue reading JUBA, South Sudan | UN peacekeeper from Bangladesh killed in South Sudan