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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.

14 Apr 2017 description
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Urgent Need for Justice; UN Should Increase Patrols in Wau

(Nairobi) – Government soldiers and allied militias deliberately killed at least 16 civilians in South Sudan’s western town of Wau on April 10, 2017, in what appears to be an act of collective punishment, Human Rights Watch said today. The attacks were against people presumed to support the opposition because of their ethnicity.

11 Mar 2017 description
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Focus on Victims a Refreshing Change

By Akshaya Kumar

Within days of assuming office, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has personally taken on one of the trickiest issues facing his organization: cases where people who sought help from the UN ended up being sexually abused or exploited by UN staff and peacekeepers.

This week, Guterres announced that he would “put victim rights and dignity first.” He’s pledged to meet personally with victims to hear their experiences.

01 Feb 2017 description
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1 in 4 Girls Marry Before 18 Despite African Leaders’ Efforts

By Agnes Odhiambo

“I’ve never experienced happiness in my marriage. I’ve never seen the benefit of being married,” Chimwemwe told me when I interviewed her in a small village in rural Malawi.

23 Dec 2016 description
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(New York) – The United Nations Security Council’s failure to approve a December 23, 2016, resolution that would have imposed an arms embargo on South Sudan and placed a travel ban and asset freeze on three senior South Sudanese leaders was deeply disappointing, seven nongovernmental groups said today. The measure failed to gain the nine votes needed to pass, with seven in favor and eight abstentions.

14 Dec 2016 description

Civil Society Statement to the UN Human Rights Council's 26th Special Session regarding South Sudan

Tomorrow marks a terrible anniversary for South Sudan. On December 15, 2013, fighting in Juba ignited a brutal conflict that has torn the country apart, leaving millions of South Sudanese in dire need. Today the country stands on a precipice.

23 Nov 2016 description
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Impose arms embargo; expand targeted sanctions; support hybrid court

01 Nov 2016 description

An Open Letter to H.E. Mme. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, from South Sudanese and International Non-Governmental Organizations

Cc: Ambassador Smail Chergui, Chairperson, AU Peace and Security Council
CC: Alpha Oumar Konare, AU High Representative for South Sudan

1 November 2016

Your Excellency,