South Sudan opposition refuses IGAD power-sharing proposal

South Sudan opposition refuses IGAD power-sharing proposal

Opposition leaders in South Sudan have rejected a peace proposal introduced by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the East African regional body that’s so far failed to broker an agreement to end the conflict between President Salva Kiir’s government and rebel group leaders. Mabior Garang, the SPLM-SPLA IO spokesman,…

Another 200 child soldiers released in South Sudan

Another 200 child soldiers released in South Sudan

Another 200 children were released by armed groups in South Sudan this week, bringing the total of such releases to 806 this year. They came primarily from the SPLA-IO opposition group, with eight of them associated with the National Salvation Front (NSF). “Every a time a child is released and…

UN report points to South Sudan war crimes

A United Nations report on human rights violations in South Sudan released Friday concludes that some violations against civilian populations may constitute crimes against humanity and war crimes. The Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan, established by the Human Rights Council in March 2016, said it has identified at least 40…

South Sudan’s Dak draws death penalty despite refugee status

In South Sudan, the SPLM-IO has called shameful the decision to condemn James Gatdet Dak, a former spokesman for exiled opposition leader Riek Machar, to death by hanging on charges of treason. “When the regime should be working to create a conducive environment for negotiations, they are instead handing down…

More than 300 child soldiers released in South Sudan

In South Sudan, 311 child soldiers have been released by armed groups, the United Nations mission in the country said Wednesday. The group including 87 girls marks the first phase of a program at Yambio, in the southwest part of the country, to secure the release of more than 700…

IGAD warns South Sudan over ceasefire violations

The violations of South Sudan’s ceasefire agreement, as well as new reports on sexual violence and the recruitment of child soldiers, drew a strongly worded warning Thursday from the regional Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) ministerial council. The ceasefire agreement in the four-year civil war went into effect December 24…

South Sudan: Troika nations warn of action on ceasefire violations

Ongoing violations of South Sudan’s ceasefire agreement have prompted the regional Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to speak out in concern, and now the troika governments of the United Kingdom, United States and Norway have joined them. South Sudanese leaders agreed to a ceasefire on December 21 following negotiations with IGAD,…

Both sides report breach of South Sudan ceasefire agreement

South Sudanese leaders on both sides of the nation’s civil war say a truce supposed to go into effect on December 24 has been breached. The opposition SPLA-IO said in a press statement that government forces launched a 6 a.m. attack against their fighters in Koch County, with additional reports…

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IGAD set to begin new round of South Sudan negotiations

As South Sudan reaches the four-year mark in its civil war, the regional Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) plans Monday to move forward with talks meant to end the conflict. The High-Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) in Addis Ababa is designed to re-energize the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict…