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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,

14 Sep 2016 description
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Les pays participant aux deux sommets sur les réfugiés devraient s’engager à renforcer leurs offres de réinstallation et d’aide

13 Sep 2016 description
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At Global Refugee Summits, Commit to Resettlement and Aid

(New York, September 13, 2016) – The massive refugee crisis demands an unprecedented global response, Human Rights Watch said today. At two summits on September 19 and 20, 2016, at the United Nations, world leaders should take bold steps to share responsibility for millions of people displaced by violence, repression, and persecution.

15 Aug 2016 description
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Arms Embargo, Additional UN Sanctions Needed

(Nairobi) – Soldiers killed and raped civilians and extensively looted civilian property, including humanitarian goods, during and after clashes between government and opposition forces in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, in July, 2016, Human Rights Watch said today. In many cases, government forces appeared to target non-Dinka civilians.

30 Jun 2016 description
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State Department List Adds Iraq, Excludes Afghanistan

22 Jun 2016 description
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Accountability Needed for Attack at Malakal

(New York) – The United Nations should make public the findings of two UN investigations into the February 2016 attack on civilians in a UN camp in South Sudan and act on their recommendations.