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This op-ed, co-authored by board member John Prendergast, originally appeared in the St. Louis-Post Dispatch.
Alice (not her real name) was living in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, when war erupted in December 2013. As soldiers went from house to house shooting anyone they found, she witnessed the killing of seven of her relatives and her pastor. Her pastor had been gathering people together to try to protect them. But when the soldiers found him, they shot him and poured beer on him.
Testimony of John Prendergast, Not On Our Watch board member, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's hearing on “Independent South Sudan: A Failure of Leadership”, given on December 10, 2015.
Chairman Corker, Ranking Member Cardin, and members of the committee, I’m grateful for the opportunity to testify about South Sudan at such a critical fork in the road for the youngest nation in the world. Working with the executive branch and through your actions, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has the opportunity to help this new country change course and make progress on implementing the hard-won peace agreement that was signed back in August. If these efforts fail, South Sudan will likely be plunged back into a full-scale civil war that surely would be – based on past experience – one of the world’s deadliest.
Follow the link for the full testimony.
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.
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.
Click through for a link to the report.
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.
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.
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.