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A rocket fired by the SPLA Government forces cruises over a hut burnt by debris created by a previous rocket fired shortly before along the frontline at Mathiang near Bor, South Sudan, January 26, 2014. REUTERS

South Sudan: A Civil War by Any Other Name

Africa Report N°217, 10 April 2014

Refocusing international engagement as well as the peace negotiations is essential to stop South Sudan’s raging civil war from claiming ever more lives.
Join Us In Pursuit of Peace Award Dinner 2014
In Pursuit of Peace 2014 Award Dinner

On Wednesday 7 May 2014 at The Waldorf-Astoria in New York, Crisis Group will confer our Chairman's Award to The Honourable Hillary Rodham Clinton. 

The Forever War?: Military Control in Sri Lanka’s North
Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's army soldiers stand guard in the back of a truck during the opening of a Bartleet Finance Limited investment branch in Jaffna, April 30, 2010. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

25 March 2014: The heavy militarisation of Sri Lanka’s northern province after the civil war’s bloody end in 2009 has been the subject of growing domestic and international concern. The large numbers of military personnel in the north, and the deep involvement of the military in the province’s governance, endanger the re-establishment of democratic institutions that is necessary to lasting peace (see our Nov 2013 report Sri Lanka’s Potemkin Peace: Democracy Under Fire).

Sri Lanka: Free Prominent Rights Defenders
Sri Lanka Ruki Fernando

Ruki Fernando speaks to members of the media during a press conference in Manila on April 15, 2009. PHOTO: AFP

17 March 2014:The arbitrary arrest and detention of prominent human rights defenders is an attempt to silence criticism and divert the spotlight from ongoing abuses, leading global and Asian human rights monitors said today in a joint statement. 

The statement was issued by Amnesty International, Forum Asia, Human Rights Watch, the International Crisis Group, and the International Commission of Jurists.

Ruki Fernando of the Colombo-based INFORM and Father Praveen Mahesan, a Catholic priest, were arrested in Kilinochchi on March 16, and are believed to be detained without formal charges under Sri Lanka’s notoriously draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA).

Annual Report 2014

Annual Report

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