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19 Jun 2018 description

By Alicia Luedke, South Sudan Researcher, Amnesty International

Angela, a refugee from South Sudan, was six months pregnant when she was raped while her children sat petrified under the bed. We met Angela on a trip to refugee settlements in northern Uganda in September 2017. She is amongst many women and girls who were brutally raped and gang raped in Yei, Morobo, Lainya and elsewhere in the Equatoria region of South Sudan in 2016 and 2017.

14 Mar 2018 description

The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) must boost efforts to protect civilians against the senseless violence that has plagued the country for over four years, and publicly report on the human rights situation, Amnesty International said today.

The UN Mission, whose mandate is set to be extended tomorrow, has a crucial role to play in providing much-needed civilian protection, and timely public reporting on the human rights situation in the country.

23 Feb 2018 description

Responding to today’s UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan report detailing horrific human rights violations committed by soldiers in South Sudan, Seif Magango, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, said:

15 Dec 2017 description

Sustained international action is urgently needed to end the horrific human rights violations taking place in South Sudan, said Amnesty International today as the country’s armed conflict entered its fifth year.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed, thousands more subjected to sexual violence, and close to four million displaced since the conflict began on 15 December 2013.

17 Aug 2017 description

The international community must deliver and improve on existing financial commitments to help Uganda support the refugees it is hosting, following a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announcement that one million South Sudanese refugees are now in the country, Amnesty International said today.

23 Jul 2017 description

South Sudan: Sexual violence ‘on a massive scale’ leaves thousands in mental distress amid raging conflict

Thousands of South Sudanese women and girls, and some men, who have been raped in ethnically-charged sexual attacks in the ongoing conflict are battling mental distress and stigma with nowhere to turn for help, Amnesty International revealed in a new report out today.

04 Jul 2017 description
  • Close to one million people forcibly displaced in Equatoria region, fuelling world’s fastest-growing refugee crisis
  • Civilians shot, hacked to death with machetes and burnt in their homes
  • Women and girls abducted and gang-raped

A new frontline in South Sudan’s conflict has forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee the country’s fertile Equatoria region over the past year, creating ongoing atrocities, starvation and fear, according to a new Amnesty International briefing published today.

30 Jun 2017 description


At the 29th ordinary session scheduled to take place from 3-4 July 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the African Union (AU) Assembly should outline clear and tangible measures for addressing impunity for gross violations and abuses of international human rights and crimes under international law by parties to conflicts in Africa.

18 Jun 2017 description

Donors failing almost a million South Sudanese refugees in Uganda

Rich countries are failing in their obligation to help Uganda support thousands of refugees fleeing death, rape and other human rights violations in South Sudan, said Amnesty International in a damning report launched ahead of a high-level donor summit in the Ugandan capital Kampala.

20 Apr 2017 description


The nature and intensity of conflicts and crises in Africa vary considerably. However, they are generally characterized by gross human rights violations, including acts that constitute crimes under international law.

07 Apr 2017 description

Mr. President,

Amnesty International shares the concerns of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan with regards to the increase in serious human rights violations and abuses throughout the country. Reports about the “staggering […] increase in the number of cases of sexual or gender-based violence”1 are particularly alarming.

Amnesty International is concerned by the lack of accountability for these serious crimes, and the failure of the Government to guarantee victims’ rights to justice, truth and reparation.

22 Feb 2017 description
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‘Politics of demonization’ breeding division and fear

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.

04 Nov 2016 description

The Kenyan government’s deportation of James Gatdet Dak, the spokesperson of South Sudan opposition leader Riek Machar, despite the fact that he is a recognized refugee, is a brazen and dangerous attack on refugee rights, said Amnesty International.

He was forced onto a flight on Thursday afternoon and flown to South Sudan’s capital Juba.

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,

24 Oct 2016 description

South Sudan: Deliberate killings by government troops as UN forces fail to protect civilians

  • Guns turned on civilians
  • Targeted killings and rape
  • UN failure to adequately protect civilians
  • Call for arms embargo

South Sudanese government forces are responsible for deliberately killing civilians, raping women and girls and looting property in July in Juba, the country’s capital, Amnesty International said in a new report launched today.

13 Oct 2016 description

Continued fighting in South Sudan must not derail justice for crimes committed during the deadly conflict that began in December 2013, said Amnesty International and FIDH in a joint briefing published today.

The organizations are calling on the African Union (AU) Commission and the South Sudan government to urgently establish the proposed Hybrid Court for South Sudan (HCSS).

13 Oct 2016 description

Amnesty International and FIDH, as well as South Sudanese civil society, the African Union (AU) and the international community have repeatedly called for accountability for crimes under international law and human rights violations and abuses committed during South Sudan’s ongoing non-international armed conflict.