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2014/07/07 Security forces confiscate the daily print run of the Citizen newspaper. Editor Nhial Bol Aken believes this is partly because it included a discussion of federalism, and partly because he refused a request to report to security offices, bringing others with him. Snippet: Security forces confiscate the daily print run of the Citizen newspape....
2014/07/07 Juba curfew-breakers are to be shot dead by order of the Council of Ministers, says Interior Minister Aleu Ayieny Aleu. However for several days it remains unclear whether this statement is valid, or whether the ruling is applied, or even whether a curfew really exists. Snippet: Juba curfew-breakers are to be shot dead by order of the Council of Mi....
2014/06/14 The Agriculture ministry aims to eliminate food shortages by 2018 using mechanized farming methods. Snippet: The Agriculture ministry aims to eliminate food shortages by 2018 usin....
2014/07/02 The National Security Service confiscates the day’s print run of the Juba Monitor newspaper, apparently because it is covering the debate over federalism. However, the Presidential Spokesman and the Information Minister had reasserted that media were free to cover the issue of federalism. Snippet: The National Security Service confiscates the day’s print run of the....
2014/06/05 The caretaker governor of Lakes orders chiefs and county commissioners to recruit 800 youth per county into the SPLA, and recruit them by force if necessary. Snippet: The caretaker governor of Lakes orders chiefs and county commissioners....
2014/06 Shortage of judges in WES results in long detention for many suspects before they can be tried. The shortage is partly because many judges took leave when the national rebellion started in December 2013 and have not yet returned. Snippet: Shortage of judges in WES results in long detention for many suspects ....
2014/06 In Aweil South County (NBGS) people are imprisoned for farming within the county capital, Malek-alel. The Commissioner says rules were agreed about this, but the Paramount Chief says the chiefs were not consulted. Snippet: In Aweil South County (NBGS) people are imprisoned for farming within ....
2014/05 Employees of AKC (Africa Kongdai Company, a roads contractor) complain at non-payment of salaries and harassment. Snippet: Employees of AKC (Africa Kongdai Company, a roads contractor) complain....
2014/05/22 GRSS has set up a taskforce to help draft a media bill. It includes representatives of various kinds of civil society group. The Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Mark Nyipuoc, says that the aim is to 'reform and reposition the media' to serve democracy and development through transparency and people-driven access to information. Snippet: GRSS has set up a taskforce to help draft a media bill. It includes re....
2014/05/22 Many prisoners are being released corruptly, according to a judge (he says 400 out of 600 in Aweil prison). He cites this as a reason to enforce the death penalty. Snippet: Many prisoners are being released corruptly, according to a judge (he ....
2014/05/12 The measured malnutrition rate in Doro refugee camp (Maban County) has passed the 'emergency' threshhold. The effect of rain on the roads means that air transportation of supplies will probably be needed. Snippet: The measured malnutrition rate in Doro refugee camp (Maban County) has....
2013/12 to 2014/05 Peter Adwok Nyaba, former Minister for Higher Education, was arrested shortly after the alleged coup attempt of December 2013, and remained under house arrest without being charged as of May 2014. Snippet: Peter Adwok Nyaba, former Minister for Higher Education, was arrested ....
2014/05 1.3 million people are at the last stage of food insecurity before famine, according to the South Sudan Integrated Phase Classification Technical Working Group (SS IPC TWG), representing a consortium of major food security agencies. An additional 2.4 million are at 'crisis' level and a further 3.2 million 'acutely food insecure'. Famine is not declared yet, but urgent action is needed to prevent it. Snippet: 1.3 million people are at the last stage of food insecurity before fam....
2014/05/08 There is severe food shortage in Bentiu, as traders have been killed, and the airport and roads closed due to the conflict, says Unity State's Minister of Information. Snippet: There is severe food shortage in Bentiu, as trader....
2014/05/07 Food rations in refugee camps in Maban County (Upper Nile) are inadequate. UNHCR and WFP blames the fighting between GRSS and rebels for insecurity which hinders the transportation of supplies. Snippet: Food rations in refugee camps in Maban County (Upp....
2014/05/05 The Human Rights Commission is developing a human rights curriculum and teaching materials for both primary and secondary schools. Snippet: The Human Rights Commission is developing a human ....
2014/05/05 A renewed commitment to allow free movement of persons and goods - especially humanitarian aid - is signed by representatives of GRSS (Nhial Deng Nhial) and SPLM/A-IO (Taban Deng). This had already basically been included in the 23rd January Cessation of Hostilities Agreement which has largely broken down. The new document more specifically includes a commitment to 'consider one month of tranquility from 7 May to 7 June' to allow cultivation and movement of aid and displaced people. Snippet: A renewed commitment to allow free movement of per....
2014/05/03 Salva Kiir and Riek Machar both showed lack of concern about the risk of famine, while prioritizing their personal power struggles, says the UN Human Rights Commissioner, reporting to a meeting of the Security Council after visiting both leaders in South Sudan. She warned the leaders that investigations will examine how far they and their colleagues 'either knew, should have known, or failed to take all necessary and reasonable measures to prevent war crimes and crimes against humanity'. She points out that UNMISS still lacks agreed funds and personnel which are 'desperately needed'. Snippet: Salva Kiir and Riek Machar both showed lack of con....
2014/05/01 US State Secretary Kerry says he sees risks of both genocide and famine in South Sudan, and was 'frankly disappointed' by the responses of Salva Kiir and Riek Machar when he discussed these matters with them. Snippet: US State Secretary Kerry says he sees risks of bot....
2014/04/29 The UN humanitarian chief in South Sudan, Toby Lanzerh, asks the warring parties to observe a month of tranquility during May. This is to allow disaster-affected people to move more freely, and to allow farming in the crucial cultivation period. Snippet
2013/12 to 2014/04 Security officials seized the entire print run of the Juba Monitor newspaper four times between 15 December and late April, when it ran stories critical of President Kiir, according to its editor, Alfred Taban. Snippet 1883
2014/04/25 The special court trying four alleged coup-plotters agrees to stay the case on the request of the Justice Ministry 'in order to promote peace and reconciliation among our people'. Pagan Amum says the four will now work on making national peace. Presidential spokesman says the rebels can no longer demand realease of the four as a precondition of talks. President Kiir says the four are now 'free like any citizen in South Sudan'. But he also orders that they should not leave the country, saying that they are needed for reconciliation, and that the case against them is stayed but not cancelled. Snippet 1865
2014/04/22 The Secretary of the National Workers Union (NWU) says that: civil servants at state level should be paid similar wages to those at national levels; that state governments have been unhappy with the work of the NWU when it tries to follow up on employment rights; and that labour laws need to be reviewed. Snippet
2014/04/16 President Kiir launches a South Sudan Food Security Council (FSC), comprising 15 members of existing government institutions. (He had ordered the FSC's creation back in May 2012). In view of fears of under-production in the coming rainy season (due to the rebellion crisis), he suggests ways of increasing production: banning games of cards and dominoes; suspending local courts; suspending other activities on Saturdays so that people may cultivate. He also announces his donation to the agriculture ministry of 1,000 tractors for distribution in all of the states. Snippet 1818
2014/04/15 11 national and international human rights agencies urge President Kiir to complete the process of ratifying the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR). Their letter says that ratification was approved by the Council of Ministers in March 2013 and the NLA seven months later, but still needs assent from the President. Snippet
2014/04 The South Sudan Land Alliance holds its second general assembly, supported by Norwegian People's Aid. Snippet
2014/04 Equity Bank lays off more than 20 staff because rebellion-related insecurity has destroyed some of its branches and disrupted work in others. Snippet 1770
2014/03 Famine is likely within five months unless enough food aid is positioned before the rains, says UN Special Representative Hilde F. Johnson. Securing relief food may require assistance from UNMISS, but implementation of the agreed increase in UNMISS troop numbers is 'very slow'. 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
2014/03/20 52 member of the US Congress sign a letter to State Secretary John Kerry urging US pressure and assistance in establishing hybrid courts to try perpetrators of gross human rights abuses in South Sudan. They also urge resumption of USAID work, particularly in supporing food security in order to avert famine. Snippet
2014/03 Unpaid road workers employed by Africa Kongdai in NBGS are on strike over unpaid salaries. Some say they have not been paid for seven months. Snippet
2014/03/17 The European Union (Foreign Affairs Council) discusses the crisis in South Sudan. Among its conclusions it expresses alarm at a 'significant risk of famine', it encourages further investigations into the causes of the conflict and the perpetrators of crimes, and says it 'stands ready to consider targeted restrictive measures against individuals obstructing the political process'. Snippet
2014/03/14 About 700 workers in Malualbaai (Aweil East, NBGS) have not been paid their food-for-work, they say. They blame the payam administrator, who blames the RRC, WFP and the partner NGO for not delivering the food. Snippet
2014/03/13 The World Bank mobilizes USD 44m in view of the current crisis. USD 35 million is for the Health Rapid Results project in Upper Nile and Jonglei. USD 9 million is for an Emergency Food Crisis project. Snippet
2014/03/11 Information minister, Michael Makuei Lueth states that broadcasting or publishing interviews of rebel leaders in South Sudan violates the law because it is an offence against the state and the state is a person in law. Snippet 1606
2014/03 An attempt to tackle the problem of teacher absences is made in Tonj South County, where head teachers are asked to submit monthly reports. Snippet
2014/03/11 The trial begins of four principal alleged coup plotters - Pag'an Amum, Oyay Deng, Majak d'Agoot and Ezekiel Gatkuoth Lul - on charges including treason. The prosecutor asks for the trial to be held in secret; the judge says a decision on that is premature. Snippet 1595
2014/03 Food rations are reduced to 130,000 refugees in Maban County (Upper Nile) due to the effect of the rebellion on supply routes. Meanwhile cases of severe malnutrition in very young children appear to be increasing. Snippet 1577
2013/12/06 GRSS makes attempts to suppress media coverage of press conference critical of President Kiir. Security personnel warn journalists against broadcasting or publishing on the event, and copies of Al Masir and Juba Monitor are later confiscated. Snippet
2014/03 The WBGS state assembly and the state branch of UJOSS criticize the state government for attempting to stop the media reporting the assembly's voting out of the state finance minister. Snippet
2014/03/05 In the aftermath of Juba barracks shooting panic, information minister Michael Makuei warns that media houses which disturb the government will face penalties. Snippet
2014/03/05 UN Humanitarian Co-ordinator Toby Lanzer fears that 'by the end of the year South Sudan will have collapsed' unless there is an effective ceasefire so that people can cultivate. Snippet
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
2014/02 Prices of food and water have soared in Juba since the 15 December rebellion, resulting in acute hardship for many, and secondary violence as people rob and loot for food. Snippet
2014/02 ‘Numerous journalists have been assaulted or have received death threats in South Sudan after publishing reports that contradict the government’s message' and many have stopped writing, particularly since the 15 December rebellion, according to a report in The Niles. Snippet: ‘Numerous journalists have been assaulted or hav....
2013/10 A draft national vocational training policy has been created by the labour ministry with support from ILO. The Multi-Service Training Centre in Juba has been refurbished with aid from the Japanese government. Snippet
2013/10/15 GOSS orders restrictions on public-owned media in their coverage of matters related to the forthcoming referendum in Abyei. Snippet
2013/10 Warrior Security says it is emphasizing the recruitment of women. Warrior (a pan-African company) says it currently employs 2000 guards in South Sudan. Snippet
2013/10/08 The torture by lashing of 23 uncharged detainees, and various abuses in office by the commissioner of Yirol West County, are alleged in a press release from Yirol West Youth Union in Juba. This follows the incident at Yirol Boys Primary School on 27th September. The press release also argues that the legitimate work of the local MP, David Deng Athorbei, is being prevented by the commissioner and the acting state governor. Snippet
2013/10 Eastern Equatoria State Government launches a concept paper on food security in Kapoeta region. Snippet
2013/10 The forthcoming Labour Act is expected to provide protections for physically disabled people. Officials say that 15 per cent of the South Sudan population is physically disabled. Snippet
2013/10/06 The Lakes State governor sets up an investigation committee into the recent disturbances and controversial arrests in Yirol West County, saying they should be seen as a personal case between the county commissioner, Colonel Majak Ruei, and MP David Deng Athorbei. Snippet
2013/10/03 The SPLM caucus in Unity state admits journalists from government-run Bentiu FM 99, but not the aid-agency-run Miraya FM and Naath FM. Snippet
2013/10 Wau prison was built for 240 inmates but is housing three times that number. There is no separate juvenile section. Snippet
2012 to 2013 UJOSS (the Union of Journalists of South Sudan), together with AMDISS (Association of Media Development in South Sudan) have been organizing national and state-level dialogue with security agencies, including the SPLA's Directorate of Information and Moral Orientation. UJOSS has registered more than 20 incidents of trouble between journalists and security agencies in 2013, but its chairperson says that in general it is a problem of 'misunderstanding'. Snippet
2013/10/03 Local government administrative unions send letter of protest and appeal to the acting governor of Lakes State, after Yirol West county commissioner orders (apparently illegally) the arrest and detention (possibly involving torture) of county administrators, teachers and students. This follows violent protests after MP David Deng Athorbei was prevented from addressing a meeting. It is also reported that the commissioner attempted to transfer 14 of the prisoners to Rumbek Central County, but the vehicles turned back due to 'pressure from top authority in Juba'. Snippet
2013/09 The Union of Journalists of South Sudan (UJOSS) joins the Federation of African Journalists, a move which is expected to help it promote press standards and rights. Snippet
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
2013/07/05 Germany and South Sudan sign an agreement under which the former will provide USD 40 million in aid over two years, focusing on ‘Decentralisation and Accountability’, ‘Urban Water and Sanitation’ as well as ‘Food Security and the Development of Agricultural Markets’. Snippet
2013/08/19 Parliament - with Speaker James Wani Igga playing a leading part - summons the ministers for defence, interior and security services, and there are public demonstrations, in response to perceived poor security in Juba, and particularly the recent killing of two brothers. The demonstration and Igga's speech are not broadcast on state TV, amid accusations of interference by security personnel. Snippet
2013/08/16 The Cabinet resolves not to allow public media officials to attend its meetings, as they had been doing since 2006. This comes at the end of a week in which journalists were journalists were excluded from the parliamentary vetting of new ministers, and in which the new minister of information and broadcasting warned media he would not tolerate those who 'write about anything'. Snippet
2013/08/15 The South Sudan Law Society condemns death threats made against lawyers representing Pagan Amum, which it believes to have been made by government officials. Snippet 1139
2013/08/07 to 2013/08/15 A lawyer who has acted for Pagan Amum, Mut Turuk, accuses the Chief Justice, Justice Chan Reech Madut, of losing his integrity, after he orders the deletion of journalists' photographs and statements taken on Supreme Court premises. 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
2013/08 The Governor of NBGS, Paul Awan, asks citizens to accept President Kiir's replacement of the Vice-President and ministers as a technical reform, and not to make it a point of political controversy. Riek Machar accuses Paul Awan of trying to "groom himself as a dictator". Snippet
2013/08 Dialogue between representatives of media and National Security is being organized in various states by the Union of Journalists of South Sudan (UJOSS) and the Association of Media Development in South Sudan (AMDISS). Snippet
2013/08 The annual humanitarian Consolidated Appeal for South Sudan is one of the better-funded ones worldwide, but it still needs USD 439 million to meet the request of USD 1,050 million. A food crisis has been predicted for the second half of 2013. Snippet
2012/11/01 111 South Sudanese embark on a two year course as production operations and technicians, at Petronas' training institute in Malaysia, INSTEP. Snippet
2013/07/23 to 2013/08/07 Pagan Amum files a petition to the Supreme Court against Salva Kiir and the SPLM for violating his rights to freedom of expression and movement (when Kiir issued a party order forbidding Amum from travelling outside Juba or talking to the media). Snippet 1074
2013/04/12 to 2013/05/07 President Kiir warns he will not tolerate government members publicly denouncing other members or the government in general as dirty while presenting themselves as clean. He appears to acknowledge that corruption and arbitrary arrest are common, but insist that government members publicly share a common level of responsibility. This follows the 12 April dismissal of Professor Elias Nyamlell Wakoson from the post of deputy foreign minister, after he had said the government was rotten to the core. Snippet 1071
2012/12 to 2013/07 Various cases are reported of harassment of journalists in recent months (including possibly illegal detentions and death threats), mainly by members of the National Security Service and mainly in Upper Nile State. Snippet 1051
2013/02 The acting governor of Lakes State orders imprisonment of 50 members of Pamany and Pathoth, feuding sub-sections of Kok Dinka. They are held without charge. Snippet 1041
2013/07/25 Two journalists are detained by security personnel in Upper Nile, which they say is part of a general pattern of intimidation of the independent press there. Snippet 1030
2012 In early 2013 the government of EES highlights food insecurity in the three counties of Greater Kapoeta, attributed to erratic rain and flooding in 2012. (SCRN, 18 Feb 2013) Snippet 720
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
2013/01 Community Empowerment Progress Organization (CEPO) launches a project for consultation and lobbying on a comprehensive Bill of Rights for the forthcoming constitution, including translation into national languages (?of the interim Bill of Rights?). It is funded by the EU (70,000 Euros). (Yoal Manyang/Upper Nile Times, 29 January 2013, Catholic Radio Network, 29 January 2013). Snippet 626
2012 to 2013 Payinjiar County is reportedly badly hit by floods in 2012 causing hunger and stress migration in 2013. (Bonifacio Taban/The Niles, 24 January 2013) Snippet 625
2012/12/05 Journalist Isaiah Abraham is murdered Snippet 620
2013/02 Lakes State caretaker governor, Major General Matur Chut Dhuol, threatens to shut down the state parliament if it discusses ethnically-sensitive politics. He also says that human rights people will not have access to people arrested for recent inter-ethnic clashes. Snippet 609
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
2012/08 USAID deputy administrator meets SS ministerial delegation (including MoFEP and Oil) re food security and government transparency (ST 27 Aug) Snippet 575
2012/08 GOSS spokesperson describes McClatchy correspondent as “in the pay of Khartoum”, thus possibly putting him at risk (ST 10 Aug) Snippet 502
Reference Mini-review
RSF, 2014/07/11. Bibliography item: RSF (2014/07/11) "Media freedom on hold in South Sudan because of civil war". (Article). Reporters Without Borders. [Article] Reporters Without Borders. Accessed online.

Provides current details of restrictions on press freedom.

Michael Medley, 2014/05/22. Bibliography item: Michael Medley (2014/05/22) "May Awakening: South Sudan famine raises memories of 1998". (Article). African Arguments. [Article] African Arguments. Accessed online.

This 2,700-word article examines similaries and differences between the 1998 Bahr al-Ghazal famine and the (prospective) famine in 2014. It draws attention to the tendency of political-military events to distract timely attention from likely humanitarian needs, but also for a humanitarian agenda to disguise political-military agendas, interests and outcomes. It warns of the difficulty of controlling the dynamics of camps and relief distributions, and the near-inevitability that much of the relief will be stolen by armed groups and other powerful local actors.

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.

FAO and WFP, 2014/02/20. South Sudan: FAO/WFP Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission to South Sudan, 20 February 2014 [Report] FAO and WFP. Accessed online.

Finds that cereal production increased nationally in 2013 compared with 2012 and the 5-year average, despite a decrease in the (comparatively small) sector of larger and mechanized farms. Livestock conditions were also comparatively good. Food insecurity was at a 5-year minimum: the proportion of people with inadequate food consumption in October 2013 was down to 33%, from 40% in October 2012. Nevertheless overall cereal deficit is still put at more than 400,000 tonnes.

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.

Radio Tamazuj, 2014/01/29. Factbox: Understanding the detainees question in South Sudan [Article] Radio Tamazuj. Accessed online.

Useful summary of the position of the GRSS action against suspected leaders of the alleged 15 December coup as of 29 January. It suggests some legal irregularities.

US Department of State, 2014. Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2013: South Sudan [Report] US Department of State. Accessed online.

Lengthy, careful and systematic (though inevitably not comprehensive) account of human rights practices, cagegorized by: (1) respect for the integrity of the person; (2) respect for civil liberties; (3) respect for political rights; (4) corruption and lack of transparency in government; (5) governmental attitude to human rights investigations; (6) discrimination, societal abuses and trafficking in persons; and (7) worker rights.

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.

Glenn E. Robinson and Gerald F. Hyman, 2013/03. Democracy, human rights, and governance assessment of the Republic of South Sudan: Final report [Report] USAID. Accessed online.

Argues that authoritarianism and concentration of power in the hands of an elite have increased and will probably continue to do so as a result of GRSS's access to oil revenues while other sectors of the economy languish. There is a small window of opportunity for donor states to fight this trend leading up to the 2015 national elections, especially if a cut-off of oil revenues temporarily makes GRSS more dependent on aid donors. But USAID's main strategic goal for RSS has been stability. This may be optimal for realpolitik, but not for promotion of democracy, rights and good governance....

FAO and WFP, 2013/02/22. FAO/WFP crop and food security assessment mission to South Sudan [Report] Food and Agriculture Organization, and World Food Programme. Accessed online.

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