South Sudan Watch Update 71

Fighting breaks out despite peace efforts Days after what was considered a final peace deal was penned, the rebel group SPLA-IO in South Sudan reported that they were attacked by government troops at two of their bases. The deputy spokesperson of the SPLA-IO Lam Paul Gabriel said that the government forces attacked them at Mundu… View Article

South Sudan Watch Update 70

US wants hybrid court now The United States embassy in Juba released a statement last week calling on the government to expedite the creation of a hybrid court. The statement called on the government to conclude a memorandum of understanding with the African Union on the establishment of the court to try those that are… View Article

Burundi Watch Monthly Update – September 2018

Summary In Burundi the month of August was marked by a high number of arbitrary arrests. In preparation for the 2020 general election, the government of Burundi set up a new electoral commission that has raised controversy among political actors. The situation of Burundian refugees remains a matter of concern due to infiltration of Imbonerakure… View Article

South Sudan Watch Update 69

Dr Machar finally accepts deal With prior disagreements solved, opposition leader Dr. Riek Machar accepted the peace deal proposed in Khartoum. Last week, Dr. Machar and the leaders of the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) had refused to sign the deal saying that it did not consider the rebels’ terms on the number of states… View Article

South Sudan Watch Update 68

Ceasefire broken The South Sudan army has accused the SPLA-IO of attacking government positions in a breach of the ceasefire that has so far been holding. Spokesman Brigadier General Lul Ruai Koang said the SPLA-IO attacked their positions in the Liech State.  He said that on 21st August the rebels attacked two positions in Northern… View Article

South Sudan Watch Update 67

Kiir offers amnesty to Machar South Sudan President Salva Kiir announced on the national broadcaster that he was offering amnesty to Dr Riek Machar and all the opposition groups in South Sudan. He added that the army would observe ceasefire. He also ordered the army to give aid workers unlimited and unhindered access to all… View Article

Burundi Watch Monthly Update – August 2018

Summary The ongoing crisis has forced hundreds of thousands of Burundians to flee the country, many have sought asylum in neighboring countries. Despite the alarming situation of violation of human rights, including continuing reports of killings, arbitrary arrests and abductions, and the continuing political crisis Tanzanian authorities are threatening to forcibly repatriate Burundian refugees. In… View Article

South Sudan Watch Update 66

Power deal fails again Another attempt at peace for South Sudan has failed once gain. Parties of South Sudan have met in Khartoum to ignite a new power sharing deal. On Wednesday this week, the talks failed yet again to come up with a power sharing agreement. The deal proposes five vice presidents, with Dr…. View Article

Burundi Watch Monthly Update – July

Summary During the reporting period, several cases of assassinations, murders, arbitrary arrests and abductions were reported across the country. In most of the cases Imbonerakure militia were identified by victims as the perpetrators and reported to authorities or security forces. However, impunity has remained since the Imbonerakure are rarely prosecuted for the committal of crimes…. View Article