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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.
This op-ed, by board member John Prendergast, originally appeared in TIME.
The world’s newest country, South Sudan, finds itself mired in the complicated fog of war that at its worst could combine the genocidal ethnic targeting of 1994 Rwanda with the warlordism of 1990s Somalia. Tens of thousands have died and millions displaced, and armed rebellions are emerging throughout the country. Village attacks, food aid obstruction, mass rape and child soldier recruitment all are rearing their ugly heads again. Five years after independence, South Sudan is widely viewed as a failed state, as its leaders built no functioning governing institutions, stole vast oil revenues, and undermined all efforts at peace.
Amnesty International’s newly released report “Scorched Earth, Poisoned air,” documents the use of chemical weapons by the Sudanese government in the Jebel Marra region of Darfur.
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On September 27, 2016, a new rebel movement formerly allied to David Yau Yau - and calling itself the Cobra faction - defected from the South Sudanese government. Led by General Khalid Boutros, a former deputy to Yau Yau, the group has declared war against the government. It stated that the government had repeatedly violated the Greater Pibor Administrative Area peace agreement signed in 2014, forcing the group to resume fighting. General Boutros was quoted on Sudan Tribune saying,“We are actually forced to fight, we signed a peace agreement, but the government violated the agreement, so we are forced to fight.”
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Click through for a link to a round-up of news and media surrounding the launch of The Sentry's groundbreaking report “War Crimes Shouldn’t Pay: Stopping the looting and destruction in South Sudan" on September 12.
This list will be continually updated with future Sentry news and media.
On September 13, NOOW partner The Enough Project Senior Advisor Suliman Baldo testified before the UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on Sudan and South Sudan. This inquiry, UK-Sudan Relations – Consequences of Engagement, examined changes in UK engagement with the Government of Sudan, as well as “the drivers of these changes and their likely ramifications.” The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) held this inquiry with the goal of producing “an independent, balanced, and forward-looking review of oral and written evidence to inform the appropriate form of UK-Sudan relations.” The inquiry format allowed government officials, academics, civil society members, and NGOs from the UK, Sudan, and various other countries the opportunity to present written testimony. The APPG requested testimony on four topics: conflict areas, migration and the Khartoum Process, extremism, and humanitarian issues and human rights.
Read about his testimony after the jump