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24 Oct 2018 description
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Abuses by Both Sides Underline Need for Justice

(Nairobi) – Soldiers attacked civilians and civilian property in counterinsurgency operations in the south and west of Wau that began in June 2018, Human Rights Watch said today. Tens of thousands of people have been forced to flee into the bush or United Nations protection sites and other displacement sites in Wau.

28 Sep 2018 description
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Government Should Take Steps to End Abuses

Nyagoah Pur
Researcher, Africa Division

South Sudan President Salva Kiir has ordered the release of all “prisoners of war and detainees” as part of the new peace agreement. This is a welcome move, but Kiir should go a step further and release those held without charge in violation of international law and investigate all allegations of abuse and torture of detainees.

10 Aug 2018 description
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(Nairobi) – South Sudanese leaders should not undermine their efforts to bring an end to the country’s devastating conflict with an amnesty for war crimes and crimes against humanity, Human Rights Watch said.

19 Jul 2018 description
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While the Arms Embargo is Welcome, Questions Remain on its Enforcement

The United Nations arms embargo on South Sudan imposed by the security council last week is a positive, if long overdue step. South Sudan’s war has been defined by incredible brutality against civilians – gruesome massacres, executions, wholesale destruction of homes and property, sexual violence including gang rapes, arbitrary detention, and torture. The fighting has forced nearly four million people to flee their homes; half are now refugees in neighboring countries.

12 Jul 2018 description
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Arms Embargo Is Needed Now

“How can I forget the sight of an old man whose throat was slit with a knife before being set afire?” a 14-year-old girl was quoted as saying in a new United Nations report, laying bare the suffering of South Sudan’s civilians at the hands their own government.

02 Jul 2018 description
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UN Report Shows Why More Countries Should Join Safe Schools Declaration

Bede Sheppard
Deputy Director, Children's Rights Division

27 Jun 2018 description
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Secretary-General’s ‘List of Shame’ Should Reflect Report Findings

(New York) – The United Nations secretary-general’s new report on children and armed conflict sets a damaging precedent by ignoring or downplaying some countries’ abuses in his annual “list of shame,” Human Rights Watch said today.

26 Mar 2018 description
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Regional Sanctions Decision and UN Resolutions Show Growing Concern Over the Conflict

Joyce Bukuru
Senior Advocacy Coordinator

27 Feb 2018 description
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Trials Needed to Bring Justice for These Atrocities

Elise Keppler
Associate Director, International Justice Program

Investigators have been documenting the horrors committed during South Sudan’s civil war since its outbreak, but a new UN report offers a detailed account of some of the most emblematic crimes committed there during 2016 and 2017, underscoring the necessity of holding the perpetrators to account.

21 Feb 2018 description
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Fund Will Support Africa Investigations

(London, February 21, 2018) – The Players of People’s Postcode Lottery will make a £3 million award over five years to support Human Rights Watch’s work around the world.

In the first year, the Lottery’s initial funding of £600,000 will go to defending the rights of women and children in Burundi, South Sudan, and Sudan.

06 Feb 2018 description
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UN, AU Need to Impose Sanctions, Get Court Running

(Nairobi) – South Sudanese armed forces and armed opposition groups continue to recruit child soldiers and force them into the conflict, despite numerous commitments to stop, Human Rights Watch said today. 

26 Jan 2018 description
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Sudan’s human rights record continued to be defined by government repression and violations of basic civil and political rights, restriction of religious freedoms, and disregard for obligations on civilian protection under international humanitarian law.

26 Jan 2018 description
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In 2017, South Sudan’s civil war entered its fourth year, spreading across the country with new fighting in Greater Upper Nile, Western Bahr al Ghazal, and the Equatorias, featuring highly abusive government counterinsurgency operations. The government continued to restrict media, suppress critics, and unlawfully detain people for perceived opposition.

15 Dec 2017 description
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Four Years Into Conflict, Rampant Abuse

(Nairobi) – South Sudan’s top officials have failed to make good on promises to establish an African Union-South Sudanese hybrid court to try international crimes committed during the country’s civil war, Human Rights Watch said today. Four years into the conflict, both parties continue to commit grave human rights crimes against civilians.

08 Dec 2017 description
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La prise en compte des besoins des personnes handicapées devrait devenir obligatoire

11 Oct 2017 description
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Child Marriage, Limited Education Access Are Key Barriers

(New York) – Child marriage and a lack of access to quality education are major barriers to progress for girls across the globe, Human Rights Watch said today, on the United Nations International Day of the Girl Child.

01 Aug 2017 description
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UN, EU, US, and Other States Should Sanction Top Commanders

(Nairobi) – South Sudanese government and opposition leaders have failed to halt atrocity crimes, including killings, rape, and forced displacement, or to hold those responsible to account, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

21 Jun 2017 description
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Museveni, donors should do more than raise funds at Kampala conference

On a drizzly morning in early April, South Sudanese soldiers entered the town of Pajok, a trading hub southeast of Juba and opened fire, killing at least a dozen people on the spot. One of them was James, a 25-year-old man with a mental disability.

“The soldiers surrounded the compound and my son refused to move, so they killed him,” Rose, James’ mother, told me when I met her in Palabek, the newest South Sudanese refugee settlement in Uganda.

16 Jun 2017 description
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End Exclusion from School for Married, Pregnant Students

31 May 2017 description
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UN, Aid Agencies Should Improve Response to These Groups

(Nairobi, May 31, 2017) – People with disabilities and older people in South Sudan face greater risks of being caught in fighting and greater challenges in getting necessary humanitarian assistance, Human Rights Watch said today.