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This op-ed, written by board members George Clooney and John Prendergast, originally appeared on the Daily Beast.
The world’s youngest country, a mere two and a half years old, now stands on the precipice of a new civil war which threatens to hurl South Sudan back into the violence from which it just emerged. For the South Sudanese who fought and suffered so dearly for their independence, and for those around the world who supported the new state, this development is tragic and disappointing, but it is hardly surprising or without vast precedent.
New DigitalGlobe imagery confirms military buildup and the destructive impact of a large- scaleSudan Armed Forces, or SAF, offensive against the rebel Sudan Revolutionary Front,or SRF, earlier this month. A new Satellite Sentinel Project report, “Situation Report: Expanding War in Sudan Threatens Civilians,” reveals a snapshot of the hostilities of the campaign, announced earlier this month by Sudanese Defense Minister Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein,promisingto “stop until we crush them”.
South Sudan’s Minister of Justice Paulino Wanawilla recently acknowledged the existence of corrupt officials in the Ministry of Justice, as well as throughout the government. This is a significant statement highlighting the pervasive nature of corruption in South Sudan. In a recent article, the Sudan Tribune quotes the Minister as saying, ““I know in South Sudan corruption is not in one place, but it’s very sad when everybody is stealing.”
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The African Union’s long-awaited report on the crisis in South Sudan strongly makes the case that sustainable peace must not only address justice for victims of atrocities but also tackle the underlying economic sources of the conflict, which Enough argues include the pursuit by individuals of their own economic interests at the expense of the South Sudanese people.
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The heads of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) recently released a statement emphasizing the role of corruption in feeding and sustaining wildlife and forest crime. “For the criminals to succeed, customs officials must be bribed to look away; logging and hunting licenses forged; and poachers set free due to obstructed prosecutions,” the statement said. Corruption has facilitated the theft of countries’ natural wealth and has undermined efforts to eradicate poverty and spur economic development. Tackling corruption and bribery will, in turn, “deal a significant blow” to transnational criminal networks involved in the illicit wildlife trade.
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November 6 is International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict. While violent conflict can have a disastrous impact on the environment, the reverse is also true.
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In part 2 of the series on the release of the African Union Commission of Inquiry Report on South Sudan, opposition abuses covered in the report are described.
An African Union report on the crisis in South Sudan says rebel soldiers committed gross human rights abuses that include rape and ethnically targeted killings of civilians.
Follow the jump for links to both parts of the report.