Tuesday, August 9, will mark one month since South Sudan’s official independence and international recognition as Africa’s 54th state. As the new nation begins to form its policies on development issues, its leadership and citizenry must successfully overcome several obstacles. If the fledgling nation is to surmount its history of protracted violence and denial of civilians’ most basic rights, the development of South Sudan must be a constructive and inclusive process.
Six months after nearly 99% of South Sudanese voted to secede from Sudan, and mere days before South Sudan officially gains independence on July 9, border disputes threaten to spiral into yet another civil war.
In a historic event starting on Sunday, January 9, four million South Sudanese will have the opportunity to vote for self-determination.
This week, PHR joins the voices of many thousands of Americans calling on President Obama to keep his promise to the people of Darfur.Displacement, rape, torture and murder of civilians continue in this western region of Sudan.
Many thanks to the more that 800 of you, from more than 30 countries (including Burma, Iran, Italy, Ivory Coast, Ireland, Israel and Iceland), who urged the Sudanese government to release members of the Doctors Strike Committee who were detained in early June.We got great news on Friday, June 25: after protracted negotiations between the Committee and the government, the doctors have been released.