South Sudan: Release of AU Inquiry Report a vital step for resolution of crisis
(23 July 2015) The International Refugee Rights Initiative, Amnesty International and twenty three South Sudanese and international organizations have written a letter to the Africa Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) urging them to publish and the African Union Commission of Inquiry report on South Sudan (AUCISS) at its meeting scheduled for 24 July.
Almost a year after the AUCISS completed its investigations in August 2014, the report has still not been released. The organizations consider the publication of the report to be an important step to deterring further atrocities and to bring to justice perpetrators of crimes under international law and other serious violations of human rights in South Sudan.
“The armed conflict particularly in Jonglei, Upper Nile and Unity states continues as we speak and both parties are committing human rights atrocities with absolute impunity. Publishing the AUCISS report could help end this cycle of impunity,” said Michelle Kagari, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director.
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49 NGOs sign letter to US Special Envoy Ambassador Booth in advance of visit to Sudan
20 July 2015
Dear Special Envoy Ambassador Booth,
In the run up to your visit to Sudan at the end of July, we, the undersigned Sudanese, African and international non-governmental organisations, are writing to brief you on some of our key concerns in regards to the human rights and humanitarian situation in Sudan. While we welcome your visit as an opportunity to engage with the Government of Sudan, we urge you to make it clear that there can be no normalisation of relations with the United States as long as the government continues to callously target its own citizens and disrespect its international and regional human rights obligations.
Our organisations have documented grave and widespread human rights violations in conflict and non-conflict settings, accompanied by a climate of impunity for perpetrators. In the conflict zones of Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan, deliberate attacks on civilian populations continue to take place and cause mass forced displacement. Across the country, opposition party members, independent civil society, and human rights defenders continue to be subject to harassment, arbitrary arrest and detention, and in some cases, criminal charges. The Government of Sudan has failed to engage seriously in its own national dialogue process, raising serious concerns over the inclusivity and transparency of the process and future modalities of governance in the country.
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With 87 South Sudanese refugee arrivals a day, Uganda’s Adjumani District offers important lessons for alternatives to camps
(1 July 2015) While Europe squabbles over the acceptance of thousands of migrants and asylum seekers arriving over the Mediterranean, over the past year 154,134 refugees of South Sudanese origin alone have been assisted in Uganda, with Adjumani District receiving around 87 new arrivals every day. Despite the fact that Adjumani is itself recovering from decades of conflict, national and local officials and the host population are finding ways to accommodate refugees both inside and out of the camps.Almost a year since the launch of UNHCR’s Policy on Alternatives to Camps, research undertaken by IRRI, “South Sudanese refugees in Adjumani District, Uganda: Telling a new story?” explores both the factors that compel refugees to remain within a camp structure, and those that enable them to move outside.