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Intersections of Truth, Justice and Reconciliation in South Sudan

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This briefing note summarizes the discussions during a workshop organized on 7 November 2014 at the Juba Civic Engagement Center in Juba, South Sudan. The meeting was part of the “Intersections of Truth, Justice and Reconciliation in South Sudan” program – a 2-year research project that started in November 2014. The project is being implemented…

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South Sudan’s National Security Bill: Merits and Public Reactions

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This review provides an in-depth analysis into the new National Security Bill, focusing primarily on resultant public opinion and what the new law constitutes for the South Sudanese general constituency as it complements and cements the existing operational culture of the National Security Service (NSS).

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Transitional Justice Strategy for South Sudan

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This strategy paper with over 20 signatories advocates for a transitional justice effort to be broken in three separate bodies composed of reconciliation and healing commission, truth commission and a hybrid court. The authors argue that separating these bodies into independent institutions is critical in increasing the likelihood that the colossal task of reconciling of…

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Truth and Dignity Commission: A Proposal to Reconcile the Many Truths of South Sudan from 1972 to the Present

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This paper is the third in a series of working papers developed by the South Sudan Law Society (SSLS) to stimulate thought on issues of truth, justice and reconciliation in South Sudan’s peace process. The paper proposes the establishment of a truth commission, called the Truth and Dignity Commission, to investigate and report on patterns…

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Justice and Reconciliation in South Sudan

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This policy brief draws on a discussion forum bringing together some 65 South Sudanese civic actors in a forum in Juba, South Sudan, on 14 April 2014, organised by a partnership of Justice Africa, the Centre for Peace and Development Studies at the University of Juba, and South Sudan Women Lawyers Association, with support from…

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Memory, Healing and Transformation in South Sudan

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This paper is the second in a series of working papers developed by the South Sudan Law Society (SSLS) to stimulate thought on issues of truth, justice and reconciliation in South Sudan’s peace process. The paper explores options for the creation of public memorials to stand as a testament to the shared suffering and resilience…

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Assessment of Justice, Accountability and Reconciliation Measures in South Sudan

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The human tragedy that has occurred in South Sudan since mid-December 2013 has been widely reported. In brief, a political struggle in South Sudan’s dominant political party, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, erupted at a party conference on December 15 in the capital of Juba. The struggle immediately turned into a fast-spreading conflict along ethnic…

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Nowhere safe: Civilians under attack in South Sudan

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A new investigation into the conflict in South Sudan has revealed horrific atrocities committed by both parties to the conflict, with ethnically motivated attacks on civilians constituting war crimes and crimes against humanity, Amnesty International said in a report released today. Nowhere Safe: Civilians Under Attack in South Sudan documents first-hand accounts from survivors of…

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Special Court for Serious Crimes (SCSC): A Proposal for Justice and Accountability in South Sudan

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This paper is the first in a series of working papers developed by the South Sudan Law Society (SSLS) to stimulate thought on issues of truth, justice and reconciliation in South Sudan’s peace process. This paper proposes the establishment of a hybrid court, called the Special Court for Serious Crimes (SCSC), to prosecute individuals responsible…

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Conflict in South Sudan: Human Rights Report

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This report presents the findings of investigations and documents by the Human Rights Division of UNMISS and suggests that gross human rights violations were committed on a massive scale with civilians being directly targeted along ethnic lines by both parties of the conflict. These conclusions obligate according to the report that the government of South…

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A Strategy for Achieving Gender Equality in South Sudan

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This study seeks to examine how structural factors, customary laws and traditional practices, and economic hardships shape women’s status and hinder their effective participation in leadership positions in South Sudan. By doing so, the study identifies some of the socio-cultural, economic, legal, educational and political conditions, which lead to gender inequality in South Sudan. It…

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Traditional Authorities, Local Justice and Local Conflict Resolution Mechanisms in South Sudan

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This book chapter explores local justice and conflict resolution mechanisms in South Sudan. It illustrates that chiefs play a significant role in local justice as well as in conflict resolution. In addition, the chapter exemplifies that ‘local level’, ‘grassroots’ conflict resolution mechanisms are multi-layered and frequently involve regional and national government institutions as well as…

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Citizens’ Dialogues on the Constitution Conducted in the Ten States of the Republic of South Sudan

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This document reports from citizens’ dialogues on the constitution review process in all ten states of South Sudan in 2013. In addition to the constitutional dialogues, marginalised groups were also supported to organise discussions to analyse the Transitional Constitution and put forward recommendations and amendments towards a future constitution that is sensitive to, and promotes…

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Reconciliation Without Regret: National healing and reconciliation in South Sudan

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In 2011, southern Sudan witnessed a successful and peaceful referendum, culminating in its secession from the Republic of Sudan and the birth of an independent Republic of South Sudan on 9 July. Despite the relative peace brought by independence, true peace in South Sudan is threatened by armed groups, rebellions and local conflicts; these have…

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“They Are Killing Us” Abuses Against Civilians in South Sudan’s Pibor County

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Based on interviews with more than 50 displaced Murle victims and witnesses, “They Are Killing Us” exposes how the conflict and serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law have forced the majority of the Murle population to flee to remote areas of the bush, many of them cut off from access to emergency…

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Police Service and Law Enforcement in South Sudan

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This report (2013), based on field research, investigates the functioning of South Sudan’s police service as a provider of security. The report also reviews the public image of the police, investigating what citizens think about the police contribution to or exacerbation of the security situation, as well as what the public suggests as the best…

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Opportunities for Gender Justice and Reconciliation in South Sudan

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This Policy Brief explores the nexus of gender justice and reconciliation in South Sudan. It addresses women’s historical engagement in reconciliation processes in South Sudan at the grassroots and national levels and highlights their achievements to date. It then discusses the challenges to inclusion South Sudanese women face, as well as current opportunities to achieve…

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