SSANSA together with 20 other organizations call for African Union to support arms embargo on South SudanOn 8 October 2014, SSANSA and 15 South Sudanese organizations and in support with 5 other international non-governmental organizations wrote a letter to the African Union Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan. Through the letter, we requested the commission to pay due attention to the arms flows to South Sudan at a time of crisis. The letter calls the Commission of Inquiry to recognize the role that arms proliferation has played in contributing to violence and human rights abuses in South Sudan and the challenges it brings for future stabilization efforts. The letter stressed that in recognizing this problem, the commission should include in its final report recommendations that will offer some guidance for towards stopping additional arms flows and addressing the existing proliferation within the country. Download full letter here 141008 – Joint CSO letter to the AU CoI SS – On Arms flows to South Sudan
This is a joint commentary by South Sudan Action Network on Small Arms (SSANSA), Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO), Amnesty International, The Enough Project, Human Rights Watch, and Redress Trust on the draft South Sudan National Security Service Bill of 8 October 2014. The Bill was originally tabled before the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) in May 2014. The third reading took place on 8 October 2014. While some positive changes were incorporated into the Bill, we remain concerned that it would give the NSS broad powers, without sufficient oversight and safeguards against abuse.
Download full comments here. 14 10 14 Commentary on the National Security Service Bill