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Facing Protests, Sudan’s Leader Declares Yearlong State of Emergency

CAIRO — President Omar Hassan al-Bashir of Sudan imposed a yearlong state of emergency and dissolved the federal and state governments on Friday, in an attempt to end months of nationwide street protests that have shaken his authority after three decades of rule.

NEW YORK TIMES

U.N. investigator seeks scrutiny of South Sudan oil economy, decries new fighting

GENEVA (Reuters) - South Sudan’s oil economy should be examined by the U.N. Human Rights Council for evidence that oil interests are responsible for war crimes, a member of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan said on Wednesday.

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War Crimes in South Sudan: Daily Brief

New bill in Tunisia could claw back gains on rights; ruling in Kenya may be a major step for equality; Somaliland poet detained for speaking out against police brutality; press freedom under attack in Sudan; private probation harms the poor in the US.

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Bashir tells Sudan lawmakers to postpone amendment that would keep him power

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir, facing the biggest popular protests since he came to power 30 years ago, on Friday called on parliament to postpone constitutional amendments that would allow him to seek another term in a 2020 presidential election.

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Sudan's Bashir declares one-year state of emergency, dissolves government

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir, facing the country’s biggest popular protests since he came to power 30 years ago, declared a one-year state of emergency on Friday and called on parliament to postpone constitutional amendments that would allow him to seek another term in a 202

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Oil Companies May Be Complicit in Atrocities in South Sudan, U.N. Panel Says

GENEVA — Despite a peace agreement, mass atrocities continue in South Sudan, driven partly by fights over control of oil, and foreign oil companies may be complicit in war crimes, a United Nations panel said on Wednesday.

NEW YORK TIMES

In South Sudan, Nonviolent Action is Essential to Building Peace

South Sudanese citizens are demanding democratic reforms through strategic nonviolent action. On September 12 of last year, South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, signed the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) with South Sudan People Liberation Movement in Oppo

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The National Emergencies Obama Declared Show He & Trump Had At Least One Common Concern

On Feb. 15, President Donald Trump declared a controversial national emergency to allocate funds to build a wall along the southern U.S. border. Amidst chatter about when it's appropriate for a president to declare a national emergency, you may be curious whether previous presidents made emergency d

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Emergency Call Center in Wau, South Sudan Launched

Wau, 16 February 2019–The Wau Deputy State Governor, along with Minister of Interior Hon. Lt. Gen. Michael Chiengjiek Geay Mut, and Inspector-General of South Sudan National Police Service Gen. Majak Akec Malok Duop, were accompanied in Wau on Saturday by the Ambassador of Japan in South Sudan, His

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Increasing number of people face severe food shortages in South Sudan

Nearly 7 million people expected to be in acute food insecurity at the height of lean season. 22 February 2019, Juba - Nearly 7 million people in South Sudan could face acute food insecurity at the height of this lean season (May-July), three United Nations agencies warned today, urging for scaled-u

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Hunger worsens in South Sudan despite peace deal: UN

Tens of thousands face starvation in South Sudan, aid agencies warned Friday, as fighting continues despite a peace deal signed six months ago meant to end civil war. Nearly seven million people or two-thirds of the country face extreme hunger, the government and UN agencies said.

DIGITAL JOURNAL

Kenya LGBT: Decriminalisation of gay sex could ‘hail a new dawn’ at home and across Africa

On Friday, Kenya’s High Court will decide whether to strike down two sections of its colonial-era penal code, which criminalise gay sex. LGBT+ activists at the heart of the legal battle say the ruling could open up a “world of opportunities for queer people in Kenya.”

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Protest leaders dismiss Sudan emergency, demand Bashir quit

Sudanese protest leaders on Saturday dismissed veteran President Omar al-Bashir’s declaration of a state of emergency and vowed to keep up nationwide demonstrations until his “regime is overthrown.”

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South Sudan’s hunger is growing, despite 5 months of peace

JUBA, South Sudan — Five months into South Sudan’s fragile peace, 1.5 million people are on the brink of starvation and half the population, more than six million people, are facing extreme hunger, say the United Nations and South Sudan’s government in a report issued Friday.

WASHINGTON POST

Port Sudan workers strike over terminal transfer deal

Hundreds of workers in Port Sudan are continuing a days-long strike against the transfer of its vital container terminal to a Philippine company, a union leader said Thursday. "For four days now we are on strike and we expect more colleagues to join us," Osman Tahir, member of the port's labour unio

DIGITAL JOURNAL

'Every Kind Of Norm Is Broken': U.N. Says Brutality In S. Sudan May Rise To War Crimes

Human rights violations and abuses that have grown routine against civilians and children in the world's youngest country, may constitute war crimes, according to a new report by the U.N.'s Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan outlining acts of brutality committed in 2018.

NPR

Bashir declares year-long state of emergency across Sudan

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir declared a nationwide state of emergency on Friday and dissolved the government in an effort to quell weeks of demonstrations that have rocked his iron-fisted rule.

DIGITAL JOURNAL

In South Sudan, Teenage Girls Struggle To Break Chains of Conflict

Twice victims, girls who break free from an armed group's oppression can find themselves pariahs with no support upon their release. For over 70 years, UNICEF has been putting children first, working to protect their rights and provide the assistance and services they need to survive and thrive all

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Outraged by renewed fighting and continuing human rights violations in South Sudan, UN Human Rights Experts urge all parties to stop conflict, end impunity and respect provisions of the revitalized peace agreement

NAIROBI/GENEVA (20 February 2019) – With thousands of people once again forced to flee their homes because of ongoing violence in South Sudan, the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan urges the Government of South Sudan and all parties to the conflict to respect the cessation of hostilities and

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U.N. reports mass rape, killings, torture in South Sudan despite peace deal

GENEVA (Reuters) - U.N. investigators have identified perpetrators of pervasive rape, killings and torture in secret safe houses in South Sudan, and believe oil revenues have driven much of the violence in its civil war, a report said on Wednesday.

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