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‘Overzealous’ security services undermining South Sudan peace: rights experts

New York: State security forces in South Sudan have been responsible for imposing new and potentially arbitrary restrictions against the country’s most prominent civil society leaders, issuing “credible” death threats that have undermined peace efforts, UN-appointed independent rights experts said on Wednesday.

Egypt welcomes formation of unity gov't in South Sudan

Cairo/Xinhua: Egypt welcomed the formation of a transitional unity government in South Sudan, hoping it would lead to comprehensive peace in the country, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Sunday.

South Sudan: political will needed to form a unified government, on the road to peace

New York/IBNS: Extending the deadline for the establishment of a unity government in South Sudan has helped maintain a ceasefire but also disillusioned many  citizens, the Security Council heard on Tuesday.

South Sudan’s women caught up in ‘futile man’s war’ UN gender equality chief

New York, Nov 17 (IBNS): The women of South Sudan are leading calls for political and militia leaders to honour the recent revitalized peace agreement, and end what they regard as a “futile man’s war”, the head of the UN gender equality agency, UN Women, told the Security Council on Friday.

South Sudan: Rebuilt bridge in Upper Nile helping local communities, improving aid delivery

New York, Jan 13 (JEN): For Samuel James Ayot, a villager from Akoka in rural north South Sudan, accessing basic services and earning a livelihood does not mean having to make a perilous neck-deep wade across a river, thanks to the tireless efforts of Indian peacekeepers from the United Nations mission there, who rebuilt a bridge and connected his village to a major provincial town.

South Sudan: First UN safe haven for displaced civilians closes

New York, Dec 21(Just Earth News): The first ‘Protection of Civilians’ site – a place of refuge and safety set up next to a United Nations base in South Sudan – has been successfully closed after internally displaced families expressed the desire and confidence to return to their homes, the UN mission in the country said Wednesday.

South Sudan: Security Council urged to do more to protect civilians, help end violence

  New York, Dec 8(Just Earth News): With the conflict in South Sudan entering its fifth year, senior United Nations officials on Thursday expressed concern about the precarious security situation and bleak humanitarian conditions in the world’s youngest country.

South Sudan's leaders must pull country back from 'impending abyss,' UN peacekeeping chief

New York, Oct 18(Just Earth News): Amid worsening security and the dire humanitarian and human rights situation in South Sudan, the head of United Nations peacekeeping operations on Tuesday called on the international community to demand that the country's leadership act in a manner that is expected of them.

South Sudan refugees in Uganda exceed one million; UN renews appeal for help

New York, Aug 18(Just Earth News): As the number of refugees from South Sudan in Uganda passes one million – the vast majority of whom are women and children – the United Nations refugee agency on Thursday reiterated its call for urgent additional support.

In South Sudan, UN peacekeeping chief says regional engagement 'good thing' for peace process

New York, Aug 3(Just Earth News): The United Nations peacekeeping chief said today the involvement of eastern African countries in revitalizing the peace process in South Sudan was among the main topics he discussed with that nation's President, describing such regional engagement “a good thing.”

In South Sudan, UN peacekeeping chief urges an end to fighting to give peace process 'better chance'

New York, Aug 2(Just Earth News): The conflict in South Sudan has to end in order to give the peace process there “a better chance of success,” the top United Nations peacekeeping official said on Tuesday, kicking off a three-day trip to the African country.

Five years into South Sudan's independence, children denied childhoods – UNICEF

New York, July 8(Just Earth News): As South Sudan enters its sixth year of independence, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is calling the situation in the country “a catastrophe for children” and cautioned that they are being denied a childhood in nearly all aspects of their lives.

The people of South Sudan are ‘desperate for peace,’ but political crisis persists – UN peacekeeping chief

New York, June 22(Just Earth News): Deliberate actions by the Government and opposition armed forces as well as other actors to advance their political goals continue to severely undermine efforts to get the country back on the path to peace and development, the top United Nations peacekeeping official has warned.

South Sudan: ‘Fighting must stop now’ so millions can be spared from famine, say UN agency chiefs

New York, May 25(Just Earth News): Despite “appalling conditions” in South Sudan, it is not too late to save more people from dying, the head of the United Nations agriculture agency said on Wednesday, joining the World Food Programme (WFP) chief in a call to all parties enmeshed in the country’s conflict to end the violence and work together to ensure access to food and other life-saving support.

The ‘cycle of revenge’ in South Sudan will hurt everyone – UN envoy

New York, May 12(Just Earth News): Deteriorating security in parts of South Sudan coupled with increased displacement could worsen the humanitarian suffering in the country through outbreaks of diseases such as diarrhoea and even cholera, the United Nations envoy for the country has warned.