Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Parliamentary Evening on South Sudan

On Wednesday, 21 May 2014 BICC and other NGOs will be hosting the Parliamentary Evening in Berlin on “German and international actors in South Sudan: Did they get everything wrong and not learn a thing?"

Amnesty International: Refugee camp Malakal

Since December 2013, and practically unnoticed by the German public, a power struggle escalating in armed violence has been going on in South Sudan between President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Rieck Machar. Peace negotiations came to a halt in April; a solution of the conflict is not in sight. 

The civilian population is caught between the two camps while violence continues and the humanitarian situation deteriorates. Thousands of South Sudanese have already fallen victim to the violence; more than one million have been expelled, and 250,000 South Sudanese have fled to the neighboring countries of Uganda, Kenya, and Ethiopia. With the rainy season about to start, the country is approaching a humanitarian catastrophe.

How could such a deadlock develop in South Sudan? Has the international community failed? What can the international community, the Federal Government and NGOs learn from this for the future?

·         John-Raymond Jones (Amnesty International, also see new study “Nowhere Safe. Civilians under attack in South Sudan”, pdf)  and

·         Marina Peter (Sudan Focal Point Europe)

will be discussing these questions and the question of a reconciliation process in South Sudan.

Dr. Anette Weber of the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik will introduce and facilitate the talk.

Welcome and conclusion by Wolf-Christian Paes (BICC) as the representative of the inviting NGOs.

Invitation (in German)