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last update: may 31st, 2011

may 31st, 2011

Satellite Sentinel Project Releases New Visual Evidence of Government of Sudan War Crimes in Abyei

The Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP) has released new visual evidence that the Government of Sudan has committed grave violations of the Geneva Conventions and other war crimes, some of which may also constitute crimes against humanity. The totality of evidence from satellites and ground sources points to state-sponsored ethnic cleansing of much of the contested Abyei region, says SSP. The evidence is being conveyed to the International Criminal Court and the UN Security Council.

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may 31st, 2011

Board Members George Clooney and John Prendergast Joint Op-Ed: "Dancing with a Dictator in Sudan"

As far as the eye could see, thousands of displaced people were scattered, accompanied by what little they had left in the world.This surreal vista, which we saw visiting Abyei in January, had no shelters but had big beds and suitcases and dresser drawers sitting in the open or under trees.After years of displacement, thanks to the north-south war that raged in Sudan from 1983 to 2005, thousands of Sudanese had begun the long journey home. They hoped to vote that month in the referendum on southern independence.

 

But they never voted, because the government in Khartoum wouldn’t allow the plebescite to take place in Abyei, and they never resettled, because they had no support to return after so long. So thousands hunkered down in this Connecticut-size region between North and South Sudan, two historically separate territories that were lumped together at independence in 1956 and whose racial and religious divides have chafed since. Last week the long history of tensions ignited when Khartoum sent its army and allied militias to forcibly occupy the area. The regime engaged in aerial bombing, tank and artillery attacks. Its militias looted and burned villages.

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last updated september 12th, 2016

september 12th, 2016

The Sentry Releases First Investigative Report: "War Crimes Shouldn’t Pay: Stopping the Looting and Destruction of South Sudan"

Following a two-year investigation into the assets and wealth of top officials in South Sudan’s government and opposition, The Sentry, co-founded by board members George Clooney and John Prendergast, has released its first findings in a new report, "War Crimes Shouldn’t Pay: Stopping the Looting and Destruction of South Sudan".

 

Click through for a livestream of the release of the report at a press conference in Washington, DC 2 10am EST, as well as an overview and link to the report.

august 29th, 2016

New Report: "Khartoum’s Economic Achilles’ Heel: The intersection of war, profit, and greed"

Today, NOOW partner The Enough Project released its latest report, “Khartoum’s Economic Achilles’ Heel: The intersection of war, profit, and greed" by Enough Project Advisor Suliman Baldo. The report describes the economic vulnerability of the Sudanese government, and why it opens a key window that gives the United States leverage to support a transition to peace in the country.

 

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august 26th, 2016

South Sudan’s Peace Agreement Faces Considerable Challenges on its First Anniversary

On August 26, 2015, the parties to the conflict in South Sudan signed a peace agreement. However, the first anniversary of the Agreement for the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan finds the pact in a state of inertia as key planks remain unimplemented. Although it was continuously violated by the government and the armed opposition in the past year, the pact still held. The return of the SPLM-IO to Juba and the subsequent formation of the transitional government in April increased hopes that the government and the armed opposition were set on turning a new page.

august 12th, 2016

UN Security Council Votes ‘Yes’ on Intervention Force for South Sudan

The United Nations Security Council has just authorized an intervention force for South Sudan. The mandate of the force would prioritize the protection of civilians and act to bolster the tenuous peace process in the country.

 

Click for a link to comments, analysis, and interviews on this development, from NOOW partner The Enough Project.

august 11th, 2016

Would a UN Arms Embargo Work in South Sudan?

A recent article published by the Small Arms Survey’s Human Security Baseline Assessment looks at a number of factors that the author, Luuk van de Vondervoort, argues would enable an effective arms embargo in South Sudan.

 

Follow the jump for a link to the report.

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