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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.
Today, Not On Our Watch with its partner The Enough Project announce the launch of The Sentry, a new initiative seeking to dismantle the networks of perpetrators, facilitators, and enablers who fund and profit from Africa’s deadliest conflicts.
Approaching the one-year mark of a mass rape in Tabit, North Darfur, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has released a dispatch calling on the United Nations to do more to protect the survivors and those still at risk. This publication follows HRW’s October 12 dispatch detailing ongoing violations of women’s rights in Sudan’s conflict zones as well as the regime’s application of repressive and discriminatory laws to diminish the ability of women to participate in public life.
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This is part one of a two-part series on the Final Report of the African Union Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan.
A long-delayed African Union report on the crisis in South Sudans ays that the targeted killings of hundreds of Nuer tribesmen in Juba in December 2013, was a deliberate action sponsored by the state. According to the report, the method by which the killings were committed prove their “widespread or systematic nature.” Roadblocks were established around Juba and security forces undertook house-to-house searches. Male Nuers were “targeted, identified, killed on the spot or gathered in one place and killed.”
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This op-ed was written by NOOW partner Enough Project Senior Advisor Omer Ismail and originally appeared in Sudan Tribune as "Sudan's National Monologue" on October 24, 2015.
On October 10, Sudan President Omar al-Bashir launched a purported National Dialogue in Khartoum, nearly two years after he had first announced his intention to hold a forum to resolve the country’s numerous social, economic, and political issues. In the intervening period, Bashir and the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) handpicked participants, naming a congregation of mostly minor splinter parties, perhaps upward of 100 parties in all. Bashir and his ruling party determined the National Dialogue agenda unilaterally, setting up a 7+7 steering committee of seven parties allied with the government and seven opposition parties. Bashir also gave himself the authority to oversee this exercise.
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South Sudan’s ministry of finance has stopped selling hard currency to the country’s central bank. The advent of armed conflict, which broke out in December 2013, has reduced the production of oil, the country’s main revenue earner by 32 percent, affecting the overall performance of the economy.
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The UK Treasury and Home Office released a report warning of the high risk of exposure to handling corrupt money that the country’s banking, accountancy, and legal services sectors face. It describes how the same factors that make the UK an attractive place for legitimate financial activity because of its political stability, advanced professional services sector, and widely understood language and legal system, also make it an attractive place to launder the proceeds of crime. Though the government is aware of the known professional enablers within the legal sector who facilitate the money laundering, the report acknowledges that the true amount of corrupt money flowing through the UK is an intelligence gap. This is exactly the gap that the Sentry seeks to fill.
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