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2014/04 The South Sudan Land Alliance holds its second general assembly, supported by Norwegian People's Aid. Snippet
2014/03/23 to 2014/03/24 The Minister of Physical Infrastructure in NBGS is summoned to the state assembly to explain many apparent irregularities in the allocation of land around Aweil. But he fails to show up. Snippet 1677
2014/03/01 A Yei municipality official says property 'left by Arabs' (particularly near the Municipality) will be taken over by the government, and that people living in such properties should move out 'without any quarrel'. Snippet 1504
2013/09 Unity State backs plans for the relocation of residents presently living around an oil installation in Rubkotna County. State officials say that GPOC will 'reimburse' those forced to move. Snippet
2013/08 President Kiir acknowledges that in the past he authorized Telar Deng - at that time his legal affairs advisor - to approve USD 600 million, apparently for land for the National Security Services. The acknowledgement is made as a response to tough examination by the Legislative Assembly's vetting committee of Telar's suitability to be appointed as justice minister. Snippet 1135
2013/02 Catholic church in Juba and Yei claims that people are taking its land and government sometimes supports this. (SCRN, 18 Feb) Snippet 719
2013/02 NPA is supporting SSuLA (South Sudan Land Alliance). (SSuLA/Gurtong, 16 Feb 2013 and SSuLA website, accessed 20 Feb 2013) Snippet 686
2012/08 Aug 2012: Row over Molid Square, Wau, where it is alleged that the State Islamic Council of NBGS has sold land secretly, and the state Government wants more control over development (CRN 23 Aug) Snippet 593
Reference Mini-review
Akim Mugisa, 2014/03/28. Breaking ground [Article] The Niles. Accessed online.

Article on the weakness of land law and land rights in South Sudan. Suggests a need for more education for citizens to help them resist being cheated of land.

Anna Stone, 2014/02. Nowhere to Go: Displaced and returnee women seeking housing, land and property rights in South Sudan [Report] Norwegian Refugee Council. Accessed online.

This 78-page report describes how, despite national legislation in favour of women's rights on HLP (housing, land and property), implementation of relevant laws is patchy and often confused, creating local political spaces in which women's interests are often overridden. Among its recommendations, GRSS should do more to make the local administrative mechanisms clearer and more transparent, appointing more women to decision-making positions, and exploring ways of waiving fees for registration and surveying of land for the vulnerable. Aid agencies should avoid working mainly with chiefs.

Aly Verjee, 2013/03/14. Is all well in the teak forests of South Sudan? [Article] African Arguments. Accessed online.

Good-quality piece of investigative journalism, centering on the ethical standards of the Equatoria Teak Company, the Central Equatoria Teak Company, and their majority owner, Maris Capital. It uncovers a faulty claim by ETC to being certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, and also explains some of the practical difficulties of certification processes. But it concludes that the fostering of transparency and responsibility in forestry companies is the best way forward for the teak logging sector, in view of the widespread alternative of illegal and highly wasteful logging.

Mokoro, 2012. Land rights in Africa - Horn of Africa: Sudan and South Sudan [Article] Mokoro. Accessed online.
Oakland Institute, 2011/06. NILE TRADING AND DEVELOPMENT, INC. IN SOUTH SUDAN [Report] The Oakland Institute. Accessed online.

Three-page briefing on a large land deal in which it is suggested a community interest in land in Lainya County was sold by a chief and others to private interests in a way which brought poor reward to the community.

EJAtlas, 2011-2014. Nile Trading and Development / Kinyeti Mysterious Land Deals in Mukaya Payam, Central Equatoria State, South Sudan [Article] Environmental Justice Atlas. Accessed online.

Web-page case-file on a 49-year lease of 600 hectares in Lainya County to Texan business people, sold by an elusive 'Mukaya Payam Cooperative'.

EJAtlas, 2011-2014. Citadel Capital/Concord Irrigated Crops in Unity State, South Sudan [Web page] Environmental Justice Atlas. Accessed online.

A web-page case-file on a 25-year lease of 105,000 hectares in Unity State by an Egyptian-owned agriculture company.

EJAtlas, 2011-2014. Jarch Management Land Deal in Mayom County, South Sudan [Web page] Environmental Justice Atlas. Accessed online.

Web-page case-file on use of 800,000 hectares in Mayom County acquired by Jarch through the Leac for Agriculture and Investment Company from de facto rulers in the area in 2009-2010.

EJAtlas, 2011-2014. Teak forest exploitation, South Sudan [Web page] Environmental Justice Atlas. Accessed online.

Web-page case-file on the teak concession at Nzara operated by the Equatoria Teak Company.

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