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UPDM Condemns Government Attack on Youth and on Freedom of Expression

 PRESS STATEMENT  For Immediate Release 11 May 2019 UPDM expresses a grave concern as the government enforces its warnings with massive deployment of security forces in Juba town in response to reports of anti-government demonstrations by South Sudan’s Youth. The freedom of expression and freedom of assembly are rights enshrined in the Transitional Constitution of Read More …

The Dinka ‘Berger-Theory Deniers’ Dilemma

5 April 2019 The whole Dinka-led, Berger-Theory denial social media campaign over the past few days, has become somewhat embarrassing to watch for most of us objective, non-Dinka, observers. It is arguably a whole new level of South Sudanese, pseudo-intellectual brinkmanship. A ‘Game of Thrones’ by that now well-known, and notorious, ’Loyal Battalion of Intellectuals Read More …

Truth hurts but it pays off:

Dr Luka Biong My interview with Jongkor went viral and created unprecedented debate in social media but importantly inside South Sudan. A friend of mine in Juba told me “with this interview you have committed political suicide as you have angered the overwhelming majority of Dinka”. Others and especially youth from various ethnic groups including Read More …

South-Sudan’s R-ARCSS of September 2018: Failure by Design

By BenaYongo Bure 881 There is a lot of clamouring to save the defective South Sudanese Peace mediated by IGAD. The falling very far behind schedule of the implementation of the agreement is because Salva Kiir and his inner circles do not want the agreement implemented as its implementation undermines their holding to power. Although Read More …

Ethnocide and South Sudan Never Ending War

Abstract This working paper documents the strategy of the Dinka-led government of South Sudan to achieve dominance over the state’s instruments of power and claim the land of non-Dinka peoples. The findings are the outcome of extended ethnographic fieldwork in war-affected regions of South Sudan. This strategy, years in the making, began with the destabilisation Read More …

Open Letter to Ambassador Ismail Wais, IGAD Special Envoy to South Sudan

H.E. Ambassador. Ismail Wais, IGAD Special Envoy to South Sudan, 5 March 2019 Your Excellency, I am one of many South Sudanese who were disturbed by your March 1, 2019 letter of invitation to opposition leaders opposed to the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS). Intentionally or otherwise, your letter Read More …

Uganda seizes 750 pieces of ivory being smuggled from South Sudan

Source: Aljazeera 31 Jan 2019 Ugandan tax authority estimates at least 325 elephants would have been killed to acquire the ivory. Ugandan authorities have seized 750 pieces of ivory and thousands of pangolin scales being smuggled from neighbouring South Sudan in one of the largest seizures of wildlife contraband in the East African country. The ivory Read More …

UPDM End of Year Open Letter to IGAD

24 December 2018 Download Message in PDF The on-going violations of the peace agreement have dampened expectations for what the New Year holds for the people and the country. Nevertheless, we appreciate the constructive approach that the international community has taken to end the crisis and critically, the recognition by the TROIKA that the revitalised Read More …

UPDM Calls Attention to the Continued Devastating Conflict in South Sudan Five Years Down the line And Appeals for Urgent Action.

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 17 December 2018 Download Press Release in PDF Today, the fifth anniversary of the senseless conflict in South Sudan, UPDM appeals to world leaders to stand up for the 7.1 million South Sudanese[1], mostly women and children, living under fear, despair and hopelessness. As the injustice, brutality and violence against Read More …