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This op-ed, by board member John Prendergast, originally appeared on The Daily Beast.
South Sudan’s belligerents have signed a peace deal, but it is far from certain that the brutal 20-month civil war is over. If the next steps the parties take are simply to restore the status quo that existed before the war’s eruption, the odds are wildly in favor of a return to deadly conflict. However, if the implementation of the agreement is seen as a chance to restart the construction of a viable state in the world’s newest country, dismantling the violent kleptocracy that it’s become since independence in 2011, then South Sudan has a chance for peace.
"Sudan's junior partners in government threatened on Monday to boycott the last parliamentary session before an election unless President Omar Hassan al-Bashir's party implements a north-south peace deal."
"Human Rights Watch says it stands by its report which stated that the war in Sudan's restive Darfur region has not ended.
The report sharply contradicted earlier observations from the United Nations and African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), which claimed the violence, has ended."
"A Zimbabwean farmers’ lobby group has condemned a proposal by President Robert Mugabe to evict remaining white farmers from their land before elections are held within two years."
"A former Burmese political prisoner and current head of an exiled prisoner advocacy group has been named one of four people to receive a top international human rights award.
Bo Kyi, head of the Thailand-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners - Burma (AAPP) was today awarded the Alison Des Forges Defender Award for Extraordinary Activism by Human Rights Watch (HRW)."
"Detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi held talks with a Burmese government official Wednesday, the second time in less than a week."