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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
2014/03/17 The SSLS in Yei conducts awareness-raising with citizens about the Communities Development Fund (CDF), its scope for corruption, and how citizens should hold to account the MPs and others involved. Snippet
2014/03/14 Culture minister Nadia Arop says the Musicians' Union needs to be legalized within six months. Snippet
2014/03/06 A group of CSOs and their international supporters writes an open letter to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), urging it to (1) issue a resolution condemning violations of international law; (2) advocate immediate establishment of the commission of enquiry into human rights abuses which was promised by the AU Commission; (3) promote a culture of respect for human rights and the rule of law in South Sudan through an official visit and other advocacy measures. Snippet 1559
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
2014/03/06 A leader of the Lakes State Workers Union urges civil servants to continue working normally while the union pursues their grievances (primarily non-payment of allowances) with the government. Snippet
2014/03/01 The Teachers Professional Union in CES complains about non-payment of allowances so far this year, especially in view of high living costs in Juba. Snippet
2013/10/08 The head of the SSWU (South Sudan Workers Union) calls on Juba University teaching staff to cancel their strike threat, following positive action by the government. Professors basic pay had been reduced from about USD 2,700 to USD 1,500, and pay of teaching assistants from USD 870 to USD 500. Their allowances are said to be in arrears of 14 months. President Kiir has ordered a reinstatement of allowances. Snippet
2013/10/09 The South Sudan Law Society calls for an end to the death penalty as a judicial sentence in South Sudan. 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
2013/08/15 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 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
2013/02/15 'South Sudan Law Society in partnership with the Civil Society Resource Team on the Constitution and with support from Justice Africa, Cordaid and IKV Pax Christi has concluded a three day dialogue on the constitution and the constitution review process in Bentiu, Unity State.' (SSLS 17 Feb 2013 via Sudan Tribune) Snippet 726
Reference Mini-review
David K. Deng, 2014/05. Bibliography item: David K. Deng (2014/05) "Special Court for Serious Crimes (SCSC): A Proposal for Justice and Accountability in South Sudan". (Report). South Sudan Law Society. [Report] South Sudan Law Society. Accessed online.

This 12-page working paper is an important step in developing the idea of using a hybrid court to try people responsible for gross atrocities in the recent violent conflict. It considers many practical implications of the idea and creates a solid framework for further discussion and action. Its key recommendations are: (1)  Include language in a peace agreement providing for justice and accountability; (2) Prohibit amnesties for international crimes; (3) Educate people about the court; (4) Assess national capacity to administer a hybrid court; (5) Adopt regional and international treaties.

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