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last update: december 24th, 2015

december 10th, 2015

Testimony of Board Member John Prendergast - Independent South Sudan: A Failure of Leadership

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.

 

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december 10th, 2015

Board Member John Prendergast Op-Ed: "From FIFA to Sudan, Let’s Make the World Unsafe for Kleptocracy"

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

 

The arrest of two FIFA officials last week in Switzerland was an important milestone for soccer’s governing body. The criminals who brought the organization to its knees are finally being removed and paying a price, paving the way for FIFA to begin rebuilding its tattered reputation and legitimacy.

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last updated july 25th, 2016

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."

july 8th, 2016

South Sudan Marks Fifth Year of Independence

NOOW partner The Enough Project has released a series of statements on the eve of South Sudan's fifth year of independence.

 

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june 21st, 2016

Increased Backlash over EU Plan to Work with Sudan Government on Refugees

The backlash from leading humanitarian and development organizations continues over the European Union’s recent plan to work with Sudan and other repressive regimes to address irregular migration flows and stop refugees from reaching Europe. This plan would partner the EU with Sudan, despite Sudan President Omar al-Bashir’s outstanding International Criminal Court arrest warrants and the regime’s terrible human rights record, and Eritrea, where a 2016 United Nations Commission of Inquiry found that Eritrean government officials have committed crimes against humanity, including enslavement, rape, and torture, over the past 25 years.

 

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