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last update: june 10th, 2010

june 10th, 2010

Board Members George Clooney and John Prendergast Joint Op-Ed: "U.S. must help stop Sudan's slow-motion war"

"The largest conventional war on the face of the earth in 2011 will occur in Sudan unless bold diplomacy led by the U.S. prevents it. The most dangerous tripwire will be in seven months, when southern Sudanese will vote to determine whether the South splits off and forms a new country. Some ruling party officials don't want to give up the oil-rich South without a fight. Southerners spilled a great deal of blood to win the right to opt out of Sudan, and they will keep fighting until they have their own state. The last North/South war that ended in 2005 cost more than 2 million lives, and the Darfur conflict in Sudan's West has claimed over 300,000 more. Massive death tolls are the result of war tactics — principally by the government — that target civilians. Communities throughout Sudan have fought an authoritarian government to share in the country's power and wealth."

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april 20th, 2010

Not On Our Watch Grant to U.S. Fund for UNICEF to Reduce Maternal Mortality in Southern Sudan

Not On Our Watch has awarded the U.S. Fund for UNICEF a grant of $250,000 to support an innovative program to reduce maternal mortality in Southern Sudan. The grant will provide motorcycle ambulances and improved maternal health care in five states of the Southern Sudan region, including Western Equatoria, Lakes, Jonglei, Western Bahr El Ghazal, and Central Equatoria.


“As the situation in Sudan grows increasingly unstable, it is imperative that the international community take action to help those most vulnerable,” said Not On Our Watch co-founder Matt Damon. “The maternal mortality rate in South Sudan is one of the highest in the world. We are proud to help UNICEF as they work to save lives, especially during this critical period.”

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last updated august 12th, 2016

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.

july 29th, 2016

FinCEN Moves to Curb Real Estate-based Money Laundering Beyond Manhattan and Miami

On July 27, the U.S. Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) announced that they are expanding the scope of the Geographic Targeting Orders (GTO) issued earlier this year on real estate transactions to now include all New York City boroughs and select counties in Florida, California, and Texas.


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july 27th, 2016

New Report: "A Hope from Within? Countering the Intentional Destruction of Governance and Transparency in South Sudan"

Today, NOOW partner The Enough Project released its latest report, “A Hope from Within? Countering the Intentional Destruction of Governance and Transparency in South Sudan” by Enough Project Associate Policy Director Brian Adeba. The report comes out on the heels of an early July outbreak of violence in South Sudan; a painful reminder of the need to encourage necessary institutional reforms with the aim of promoting transparency and accountability in the country.


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july 26th, 2016

Sudan Tribune Op-ed: "The Long History of Buying Loyalty to Neutralize Rivals in South Sudan"

This op-ed was written by NOOW partner The Enough Project Associate Policy Director, Brian Adeba, and originally appeared in Sudan Tribune.


The replacement of South Sudan’s First Vice President Riek Machar with Taban Deng is a well-tested policy that dates back to the 1980s that the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) party has employed to purchase the loyalty of groups opposed to it. Following a shoot-out between the bodyguards of President Salva Kiir and Machar earlier this month, relations between both men worsened, culminating in an attack on the latter’s residence in the capital Juba. Machar fled the city and said he would only return if regional peacekeeping troops were allowed in the country to act as a buffer between the two forces.

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