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SPLM-in-Opposition

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2014/07/01 to 2014/07/04 Riek Machar and a delegation from SPLM-IO visit South Africa, where Riek has a meeting with President Zuma. Snippet: Riek Machar and a delegation from SPLM-IO visit South Africa, where Ri....
2014/05/30 Riek Machar, leader of the rebel SPLM-IO, says he is not in full control of his troops. ‘I can’t say I control them, but we are hoping we can control them because we are training them and we are disciplining them,’ he says, in an interview in Nairobi with AFP. Snippet: Riek Machar, leader of the rebel SPLM-IO, says he is not in full contr....
2014/05/28 Rebel leader Riek Machar meets the President of Kenya in Nairobi, discussing the IGAD peace mechanisms. Snippet: Rebel leader Riek Machar meets the President of Kenya in Nairobi, disc....
2014/05/02 US State Secretary Kerry meets President Kiir and reports that Kiir has committed to take 'forceful' steps to implement the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement and to engage in discussions on a transitional government. Kiir is also ready to meet Riek Machar in Addis Ababa next week. Kerry also emphasized the importance of stopping verbal attacks on humanitarian workers. He reveals the extent of his personal communications with Kiir since 15 December and says the US does not 'put any kind of equivalency' between the elected government and rebels who sought power by force. Snippet: US State Secretary Kerry meets President Kiir and ....
2014/04/25 SPLM-in-Opposition claims its forces killed 69 JEM fighters and captured 14 landcruisers in JEM colours in Unity State. JEM denies it had any forces there. Snippet
2015/04/25 A press release from SPLM-in-Opposition denies its forces carried out targeted killings of civilians in Bentiu. It accuses GRSS and its allies in JEM of killing civilians before they left the town in order to frame the rebels. It also denies any official broadcasting of hate speech, while conceding that individuals might have expressed anger during talk shows. It accuses UNMISS of getting the story from GRSS and not investigating independently. Snippet 1870
2014/04/15 to 2014/04/18 In Nasir, SPLM-in-Opposition holds a consultative conference of its leaders with representatives of civil society. It endorses Riek Machar as the leader, and a set of eight specialized committees as an interim leadership structure. It resolves to pursue the adoption of federalism in the constitution of South Sudan, and to reform and professionalize the SPLA. Snippet
2014/03/19 The SPLA recaptures Malakal from rebels. A rebel spokesperson says they will claim the oil fields in Upper Nile State, and resist the deployment of any IGAD force sent to defend the infrastructure. Snippet
2014/03/14 Riek Machar deplores the plan for an IGAD force in South Sudan, and threatens to boycott the next round of peace talks if it goes ahead. Snippet
2014/03 Hundreds of young South Sudanese have fled from government-held areas of South Sudan to Ethiopia, and are going via Addis Ababa and Gambella to fight on the rebel side. Snippet
2014/03/05 Salva Kiir, as Chairman of the SPLM, appoints an eight-person committee to prepare an agenda for a meeting of the party's Political Bureau. He has been criticized for long postponement of any such meeting. The named preparatory committee includes four people aligned to the SPLM-in-Opposition rebels, including Taban Deng who has been charged with treason. The move thus spurs hope (but also doubt) of facilitating reconciliation and forward movement in the political process. Snippet
2014/03/02 Taban Deng, chief negotiator for rebels in Addis Ababa talks, claims Salva Kiir publicly ordered the killing of Nuer in a national TV address (wearing military uniform) on 16th December. Deng also admits that some rebels have killed civilians and must face the law for it. Snippet
2014/02 'No single county in Jonglei, Upper Nile or Unity is under complete control of the president Kiir's forces' claims rebel spokesperson Hussain Maar. In Upper Nile an MP says the counties of Nasir, Ulang, Longichuk and Maiwut are under the control of the SPLM-in-Opposition. Snippet 1386
Reference Mini-review
Robert Young Pelton, 2014/05/12. Bibliography item: Robert Young Pelton (2014/05/12) "Saving South Sudan". (Article). Vice. [Article] Vice. Accessed online.

50,000-word article. Based on a daring journey to visit rebel commander Riek Machar and some of his military operations in the field, this long article is a compelling read. Riddled with statements which are simplistic, inaccurate or plain untrue (especially in matters of historical background), it is nevertheless an important contribution to knowledge of South Sudan, because of an insightful portrayal of Riek Machar and  an authentic depiction of horrors and farce around of one of captures of Malakal by the SPLM/A-IO and White Army.

HSBA, 2014/05/02. Bibliography item: HSBA (2014/05/02) "The SPLM-in-Opposition". (Report). Human Security Baseline Assessment for Sudan and South Sudan, Small Arms Survey. [Report] Human Security Baseline Assessment for Sudan and South Sudan, Small Arms Survey. Accessed online.

This 11-page report is about more than the SPLM-in-Opposition strictly defined. It surveys prominent individuals and organized groups in opposition to the rule of Salva Kiir more broadly, as from 2005 up to 2014/04/01, and narrates their most relevant histories.

Radio Tamazuj, 2014/05/01. Bibliography item: Radio Tamazuj (2014/05/01) "Understanding the Bentiu massacres in South Sudan". (Article). Radio Tamazuj. [Article] Radio Tamazuj. Accessed online.

Careful account of what is publicly known about the Bentiu massacres of 15-16 April, ahead of further investigations and reports from UNMISS and others.

HSBA, 2014/03/18. The Conflict in Upper Nile State [Article] Human Security Baseline Assessment for Sudan and South Sudan, Small Arms Survey. Accessed online.

2,000-word narrative on the rebellion-related fighting in Upper Nile State since December 2013.

HSBA, 2014/03/18. The Conflict in Unity State [Article] Human Security Baseline Assessment for Sudan and South Sudan, Small Arms Survey. Accessed online.

1,400-word article narrating the fighting in Unity State associated with the rebellion since December 2013.

Fatima Ghazali and Hussein Maar Nyuot, 2014/02/17. Machar Delegation Spokesman: “The country is ruled by corruption” [Article] The Niles. Accessed online.

Interview of rebel spokesperson, Hussein Maar Nyuot, in which he states issues and events leading to the flashpoint of rebellion on 15 December 2013.

Angelina Teny and Tesfa AlemInterview with ex-VP wife Angelina Teny [Article] Sudan Tribune. Accessed online.

Presents a narrative of the rebellion from the Riek side.

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