By Roger Alfred Yoron Modi, 15th February, 2022 Despite delays and some actions regarding the the reform of the Judiciary in South Sudan per the R-ARCSS continue to be mentioned, the credibility of those reforms and concerns about the process and improvements are mainly the responsibility of the parties to the agreement, civil society, regional… Continue reading On Access to Justice, Judicial Reform in South Sudan (Part 2)
By Roger Alfred Yoron Modi, 11th February 2022 The Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan has recommended that the Government strengthen the independence and capacity of the judiciary and national justice institutions. UNHCR has also recommended that South Sudan: reinforce the organizational structures of the police, prosecution, court and prison services through vetting, oversight… Continue reading On Access to Justice, Judicial Reform in South Sudan (Part 1)
By Roger Alfred Yoron Modi, 11th February 2022 Mixed views have been expressed regarding who “Garang Boys” are, what they stand for, as well as Garang and SPLM vision for South Sudan, New Sudan or Sudan is. This article looks at some views and arguments related to that, with a view of offering fair, balanced,… Continue reading On “Garang Boys” & SPLM Vision: Controversies & Understanding
By Roger Alfred Yoron Modi, 7th February 2022 In Part One of this article, I mentioned that AI reported that South Sudan’s national human rights commission was mandated to monitor the rights and freedoms in the Bill of Rights and investigate complaints of human rights violations, but the President had not appointed a Chairperson, so… Continue reading On South Sudan’s Third UPR Cycle at UN Human Rights Council (Part 2)
By Roger Alfred Yoron Modi, 7th February 2022 This article seeks to address the controversial arguments being made by many regarding the incorporation of the Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) into the Transitional Constitution, as well as the challenges to do with alterations of laws, disappearances… Continue reading On Controversies about R-ARCSS Incorporation & lawmaking in South Sudan
By Roger Alfred Yoron Modi 3rd February 2022 This article, looks at this week’s Third Cycle of South Sudan’s Universal Periodic Review UPR at the United Nations Human Rights Council, Geneva, Switzerland: National Report; Compilation of UN Information; and Summary of Stakeholders’ Information, with a focus on a few issues and a summary regarding submissions on… Continue reading On South Sudan’s Third UPR Cycle at UN Human Rights Council (Part 1)
By Roger Alfred Yoron Modi 27th/January/2022 As mixed reactions continue to flow since the reports of the passing by the Reconstituted Transitional National Legislation Assembly of the Bill which, once assent to and signed into by the President, will increase the salaries of the legislators to 800,000SSP ($2,000 ) and other financial benefits such as an… Continue reading South Sudan MPs Salary Increase vs Reforms & Country’s “Most Corrupt” Rating
By Roger Alfred Yoron Modi, 27th January 2022 President Salva Kiir’s announcement that South Sudan’s General Elections will be held in 2023 continues to be cited, with highlights that other members of Presidency, and the parties to the R-ARCSS are yet to agree on a electoral timetable. Concerns regarding technicalities in the R-ARCSS to allow for free,… Continue reading Links between South Sudan’s General Elections and Transitional Justice
By Roger Alfred Yoron Modi, 26th January 2022 Yesterday, the United Nations Mission in South Sudan issued a statement saying it is deeply concerned over recent reports of attack in Baidit, Jonglei State alleged to have been carried out by armed Murle elements resulting in civilian casualties and temporary displacements. “According to preliminary reports, some… Continue reading On Promoting Criminal Accountability & Containing extrajudicial killings in South Sudan
By Roger Alfred Yoron Modi, 22nd/Jan/2022 So much, online and offline, is going about South Sudan and the history of decades of various struggles and armed conflicts that led to its Independence, that all need a focus, not simply through passivity, but using facts, upholding the truth, the processes enshrined in the Transitional Constitution and… Continue reading In healing South Sudanese Armed Conflicts Related Prejudices, Impact & Implications
By Roger Alfred Yoron Modi, 19th January 2022 In his 2nd State of the IGAD Region Address dated 17th December, Executive Secretary Workneh Gebeyehu, Ph.D said IGAD welcomes “the recent overtures of H.E. President Yoweri Museveni, alongside Kenya’s Special Envoy to South Sudan and the Troika Partners to hold the long-overdue retreat for the leadership of South Sudan as a confidence-building measure to… Continue reading Issues around Ceasefire, Arms Embargo & Supporting South Sudan’s peace process
By Roger Alfred Yoron Modi 7th January 2021 In an Analysis and Commentary published by The United States Institute of Peace titled “South Sudan’s people have spoken on peace. Is anyone listening? A recently concluded National Dialogue creates opportunities that U.S. policymakers should not ignore”, David Deng, a South Sudanese-American human rights lawyer, researcher and author, and Ola… Continue reading Ideas to enhance review of United States Policy toward South Sudan
By Roger Alfred Yoron Modi, 29th December 2021 About three weeks ago, the media reported that First Vice President Dr Riek Machar has suggested change of the country’s name from South Sudan to the People’s Republic of Sudan. According to Eye Radio, “Dr. Riek personally suggested that, the People’s Republic of Sudan would match the… Continue reading Does South Sudan need a name change?
By Roger Alfred Yoron Modi, 23rd December 2021 The mandate of South Sudan’s Revitalized Government of National Unity RTGoNU, according to the R-ARCSS, include to restore permanent and sustainable peace, security and stability in the country, reconstitute a competent and independent National Elections Commission (NEC) to conduct free, fair and credible elections before the end… Continue reading Shall South Sudan Transitional Period need extension?
By Roger Alfred Yoron Modi, 5th December 2021 The crises in South Sudan have accumulated in several forms. That is widely known. And while efforts for democratic reforms and sustainable peace also continue to be made in various forms, finding answers to/resolving the SPLM questions/issues can contribute positively to the processes. Recently, I authored an article titled “SPLM among Root Causes of… Continue reading SPLM questions & issues that may need answers for Sustainable Peace