|South Sudan in Focus - March 12, 2019 Cache Translate Page||The U.N. calls for the African Union to establish a court in South Sudan to prosecute perpetrators of war crimes; officials say pastoralists from neighboring Tonj State have displaced thousands of Wau county residents from their homes; and the head of a humanitarian organization travels to South Sudan to assess relief operations in the country.|
|In South Sudan, mothers teaching daughters ‘safer’ ways to survive rape Cache Translate Page||Sexual attacks in South Sudan are so common that mothers now teach their daughters how to survive the ordeal of being raped, in such a way as to minimize the violence. That’s according to Yasmin Sooka, chair of the UN Commission on Human Rights, who was speaking on Tuesday in front of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, during its latest session.
|News: DHS Announces Extension of TPS for South Sudan Cache Translate Page||News: DHS Announces Extension of TPS for South Sudan|
|CLINIC says South Sudan temporary protected status extension should have included new arrivals Cache Translate Page||Officials with the Catholic Legal Immigration Network criticized the March 8 decision granting an 18-month extension of temporary protected status for South Sudan because it does not include recent arrivals.
|Yemen Humanitarian Update Covering 1 - 13 December 2018 | Issue 34 Cache Translate Page||Key Issues
Recent IPC analysis indicates that over 20 million face severe food insecurity in Yemen.
The upsurge in Yemen’s migrant arrivals exceeds 2018 arrivals to Europe via the Mediterranean Seaw.
Polio campaign reaches 4.6 million children, 84 per cent of target.
The trend of suspected cholera cases remains stable.
UN URGES ACTION TO AVERT HUMANITARIAN CATASTROPHE IN YEMEN
On 7 December, the preliminary results of the Integrated Phase Classification (IPC) Food Security Analysis were released, indicating that without humanitarian food assistance over 20 million people in Yemen, representing two thirds of the population, would face severe food insecurity (IPC Phase 3+, that is people in crisis and above on the IPC five phase scale). Alarmingly, for the first time during the conflict in Yemen IPC Phase 5 (people in catastrophe) is observed, meaning that 63,500 people currently in this phase and are barely surviving. However, without large-scale food assistance, the number would be 238 000, three times higher. Only one other country in the world - South Sudan - has people suffering catastrophic food insecurity and even then, the number of people at Phase 5, at 47,000, is much smaller. Overall, 17 per cent of the Yemeni population (about 5 million people) are in IPC Phase 4 (Emergency) and 36 per cent (about 10.8 million people) are in IPC Phase 3 (Crisis).
Ongoing hostilities remain the main driver of worsening food security, IDPs and those hosting them are the most vulnerable. The people most at risk of starvation are in Hajjah, Al Hudaydah, Sa’ada ad Taizz governorates. The economic crisis and resulting high food prices, disrupted livelihoods and high levels of unemployment also affects those not in conflict areas - the cost of the minimum/survival food basket is 150 per cent higher than before the conflict.
As a result, large numbers of households in most districts across the country are forced to engage in negative coping strategies, including reducing the number of meals or size of food portions, consuming less preferred foods and prioritizing children’s consumption. In addition, households have also resorted to practices that will undermine their longer-term food security, such as selling animals and household items.
In response to the situation, WFP is scaling up its food aid operation to target 12 million people per month with food and nutrition assistance next year, up 50 per cent from the 8 million targeted every month this year. The 12 million figure represents 10 million people severely food insecure and 2 million displaced people in acute need.
Food aid alone will not be sufficient to end hunger. To do this, much more is needed. The five priorities to prevent more people sliding into IPC Phase 5 and possible famine are:
Stop attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure;
Allow all imports of food, fuel and medicine;
Provide more foreign exchange and pay civil servants;
Support the scale up of the humanitarian response; and
Support the UN Special Envoy’s efforts to end the conflict.
UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:
To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit https://www.unocha.org/.
|Council Should Renew Commission of Human Rights in South Sudan Cache Translate Page|
Human Rights Watch urges the Human Rights Council to renew and strengthen the mandate of the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan and ensure it has enough resources to carry out its important mandate to collect and preserve evidence of serious human rights violations and identify those responsible. This mandate is all the more important given continued abuses and the disappointing lack of progress in the establishment of the AU-South Sudanese hybrid court to investigate and try the most serious crimes.
Throughout South Sudan’s civil war, now in its sixth year, government and rebel forces have repeatedly committed grave crimes against civilians on a massive scale, including unlawful killings, destruction of property, unlawful detentions, torture, enforced disappearances, rape and sexual violence. Over 4 million people have had to flee their homes, half of whom are internally displaced and the rest in neighboring countries as refugees.
HRW continues to document persistent abuses despite the signing of a “revitalized” agreement in September 2018, particularly in parts of Western Bahr al Ghazal, Unity, and Central Equatoria. The abuses have included unlawful killings, destruction of villages, forced displacement and widespread sexual violence. The Commission, in its latest report, also documents emblematic incidents of violence against civilians in these locations, finding that both government and opposition forces committed serious crimes that could constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity. The Commission was able to identify commanders who may bear responsibility for the crimes in a confidential dossier.
The Commission also documents the powerful and draconian role of South Sudan’s national security and military intelligence which have arbitrarily detained, tortured and abused detainees and are implicated in several enforced disappearances. These findings are consistent with our research. As one 24-year-old Juba university student who was detained for three years without charge, and released in September 2018 following a presidential pardon told us:
“Up to now, I don't even know why I was arrested and detained.” As many other former detainees and families of detainees, he is yet to receive justice or redress for his unlawful detention.
Mr. President, impunity continues to be the main driver of these serious, ongoing abuses.
In the absence of another international mechanism to monitor and document human rights violations and abuses, the Commission’s role in collecting and preserving evidence for identifying those responsible for crimes and potential use in future prosecutions is indispensable.
We urge the Council to renew the mandate for another year. If no progress is made to establish the hybrid court, the International Criminal Court remains the global court of last resort and should be pursued.
|Human Rights Watch Urges the Human Rights Council to Renew and Strengthen Mandate of UN Commission Cache Translate Page||Human Rights Watch urges the Human Rights Council to renew and strengthen the mandate of the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan and ensure it has enough resources to carry out its important mandate to collect and preserve evidence of serious human rights violations and identify those responsible. This mandate is all the ... Read more|
|South Sudan dismisses gang rape accusations, asks for peace funding Cache Translate Page||GENEVA: South Sudan's justice minister on Tuesday (Mar 12) dismissed UN investigators' accusations that fighting and gang rape persisted in his country and called for US$285 million (£218.1 million) in donations to fund peacemaking bodies.
Paulino Wanawilla Unango was addressing the UN Human ...|
|SOUTH SUDAN / WORKSHOP SEXUAL VIOLENCE Cache Translate Page||Commanders from South Sudan’s army have come together at a workshop hosted by the United Nations Mission in South to develop a new Action Plan to eliminate Conflict-Related Sexual Violence (CRSV) which has been endemic since the civil war broke out in 2013. UNMISS|
|CLINIC says South Sudan TPS extension should have included new arrivals Cache Translate Page||IMAGE: CNS photo/Andreea Campeanu, Reuters By SILVER SPRING, Md. (CNS) — Officials with the Catholic Legal Immigration Network criticized the federal Department of Homeland Security for its March 8 decision granting an 18-month extension of Temporary Protected Status for South Sudan because it does not include recent arrivals from the|
|South Sudan peace deal doomed if disputes not settled: think-tank Cache Translate Page||South Sudan's six-month-old peace deal is doomed to collapse unless the sides can settle a string of disputes and bring former rebels into the army before the formation of a new government in May, a think-tank said on Wednesday.|
|South Sudan peace deal doomed if disputes not settled - think-tank Cache Translate Page||South Sudan's six-month-old peace deal is doomed to collapse unless the sides can settle a string of disputes and bring former rebels into the army before the formation of a new government in May, a think-tank said on Wednesday.|
|South Sudan in Focus - March 13, 2019 Cache Translate Page||Hotel managers demand the South Sudan government pay millions of dollars in unpaid bills; Joint Defense Board officials plan to form a special force to provide security for top government officials; and the Deputy Chairman of the SPLM-IO outlines the challenges in implementing the revitalized peace deal.|
|Pompeo says China ‘in a league of its own’ in human rights violations Cache Translate Page|
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo highlighted abuses in Iran, South Sudan, Nicaragua and China included in an annual State Department human rights report on Wednesday, saying Beijing was “in a league of its own” when it comes to violations. Pompeo said the Iranian government had killed more than 2...
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|Comment on The death of South Sudan’s economy won’t end its civil war by Weekly Links | Political Violence @ a Glance Cache Translate Page||[…] South Sudan’s collapsing economy force rent-seeking rivals to an agreement? Peter Dorrie doesn’t think so, arguing it’s more about the relative share of resources than the absolute share. North of […]|
|Somalia: Secretary-General Appoints Parfait Onanga-Anyanga of Gabon Special Envoy for Horn of Africa Cache Translate Page|
Source: UN Secretary-General
Country: Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced today the appointment of Parfait Onanga-Anyanga of Gabon as his Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa.
Mr. Onanga-Anyanga brings with him extensive experience with the United Nations, having served most recently as the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). In 2015, he served as Coordinator of the United Nations Headquarters response to the Boko Haram Crisis, prior to which he was Head of the United Nations Office in Burundi (BNUB) and System-wide Senior Coordinator on Burundi (2012-2014).
Between 2007 and 2012, Mr. Onanga-Anyanga was the Director of the Office of the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General. Previously, he served as Special Adviser to the President of the sixtieth and sixty-first sessions of the United Nations General Assembly (2005‑2007), as well as Chef de Cabinet to the President of the fifty-ninth session of the General Assembly (2004‑2005). From 1998 to 2004, he held a variety of political and managerial positions at the Preparatory Commission of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organization in Vienna and New York.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Onanga-Anyanga was the acting Secretary to the United Nations Standing Advisory Committee for Security Questions in Central Africa. He also served as First Counsellor for Disarmament and Political Affairs at the Permanent Mission of Gabon to the United Nations in New York.
Mr. Onanga-Anyanga holds a post‑graduate degree in political science from Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne University and a master’s degree in sociology from l’Université Omar Bongo in Libreville, Gabon.
Born in 1960, he is married and has three children.
* This supersedes Press Release SG/A/1624-BIO/4804-PKO/554 7 January 2016.
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|Uganda: UNHCR Expresses Appreciation, Urges More Solidarity for Uganda’s Refugee Response Cache Translate Page|
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Country: Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Uganda
Concluding a five-day trip to Uganda, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency’s Deputy High Commissioner Kelly T. Clements expressed appreciation to Uganda for its open door policy for refugees, and urged more global solidarity for the Ugandan people currently hosting more than 1.2 million refugees.
“I’ve been extremely impressed at how Uganda’s inclusive policies have improved the lives of refugees and the communities hosting them,” said Clements of her visit. “Uganda represents the Global Compact in action, but the country can’t do it alone. More global support is needed, particularly in the areas of education, economic opportunities and the environment.”
She visited refugee settlements in Adjumani, Moyo and Yumbe districts and met with refugee groups, district authorities, high level government officials and ministers including the Hon. Dr. Joyce Moriku Kaducu, Minister of State for Primary Health Care. She also met with Uganda’s First Lady and Minister for Education and Sports, Mrs. Janet K. Museveni, where she praised the national Education Response Plan, which fully integrates refugees into national and district planning in refugee-hosting areas.
Education is a major priority in the Uganda refugee response for 2019 and beyond. More than half of refugee children, and over one third of Ugandan children in refugee hosting areas, are out of school.
In Palorinya refugee settlement in Moyo district, Clements met with teachers, students and their parents and noted the myriad of challenges they face. She was moved by the story of a 22 year-old refugee woman, who committed suicide after learning she would not be able to pay school fees to complete her last year of secondary education
“We all want to prevent a generation of young people from being lost because they feel the future holds so little for them,” said the Deputy High Commissioner. “It is in places like Palorinya that more global solidarity with countries and people hosting refugees must be demonstrated.”
As part of a focus on education, Clements announced that UNHCR would re-allocate of 100,000 USD to ensure young students can continue studying in secondary school in the Palorinya refugee settlement.
The funds will cover school fees for more than 500 refugee and Ugandan youth who cannot afford to stay in school otherwise. This new support will also help to improve conditions in secondary schools and provide small, but critical supplies that can affect school attendance, like sanitary pads for female students.
In Adjumani, Clements visited a market with businesses owned by women entrepreneurs and heard from refugee and host community representatives. Education, health and environmental issues were the primary concerns raised during her interaction with the refugees and district authorities.
The Deputy High Commissioner’s visit highlights UNHCR’s priorities and needs for Uganda’s nearly 1.2 million refugees coming from South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Somalia and Rwanda living across 30 settlements and Kampala.
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|US Rights Report Highlights Venezuela, Iran, China Cache Translate Page||The U.S. State Department is painting a grim picture of violations and abuses in countries that already have dismal records in its "Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2018."
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday highlighted abuses in Iran, South Sudan, Nicaragua and China in his remarks on the release of the report.
"I wish I could say that the record of every country evaluated in this year's report is spotless or even improved, but it's simply...|