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last update: october 26th, 2009

october 26th, 2009

Executive Director Alex Wagner Op-Ed: "The Arrest and Torture of an American in Burma (And Why You Never Heard of Him)"

"While I was sitting in a Congressional House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Burma on a beautiful fall day last week, a Burmese-born American citizen who happens to live thirty minutes from Capitol Hill was languishing in Rangoon's notorious Insein prison. The Burmese courts have charged this American, Kyaw Zaw Lwin, with fraud and forgery, though the ruling regime's official mouthpiece, the New Light of Myanmar, has also accused him of terrorist activities. Kyaw Zaw Lwin's defense counsel has said that his client was physically tortured during his detention and denied any allegations that he was plotting to incite unrest. Last week, his trial began."

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august 11th, 2009

World Leaders, Governing Bodies Condemn Suu Kyi Prison Sentence

On Tuesday, leaders from the US, UK, France, Italy, Canada, South Africa, and Malaysia criticized the decision to sentence Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi to 18 months under house arrest. Regional bodies, including the EU and ASEAN, said Suu Kyi's incarceration calls into question the legitimacy of the ruling military regime's planned 2010 elections. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon issued a statement saying he "strongly deplored" the decision and called on the Burmese military government "to immediately and unconditionally release" the Nobel Laureate, and to "engage with her without delay as an essential partner in the process of national reconciliation."

 

Follow the jump for a full press round-up of the global outcry over the Suu Kyi verdict.

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last updated july 27th, 2016

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.

july 25th, 2016

President Kiir Removes VP Machar, Appoints Taban Deng

Power play “brings South Sudan a step closer to full-scale war”

 

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july 11th, 2016

Board Member John Prendergast: South Sudan Peace Deal at "Grave Risk"

Upon returning from South Sudan this past week, Not On Our Watch board member John Prendergast has addressed the current situation in-country.

 

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july 8th, 2016

Board Member John Prendergast Op-Ed: "Mandela or Mobutu Moment in South Sudan?"

This op-ed, authored by board member John Prendergast, originally appeared on The Daily Beast.

 

Just a day after South Sudan marked its fifth anniversary as the world's newest independent country, fierce fighting between rival factions has resumed, putting the already tenuous August 2015 peace deal in jeopardy. Hundreds are alleged to have been killed in the last few days, and thousands displaced. Command and control on both sides of the fighting appears to have broken down. Nothing seems safe as UN buildings and personnel have been attacked and U.S. diplomatic vehicles have come under fire. Helicopter gunships and tanks have been deployed along with other heavy artillery. Regional leaders are actively promoting a ceasefire, but as someone from that region once told me, "The guns talk louder than the voice."

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