30 October 2018

South Sudan: Peace Celebrations in Juba - Reform Needed for Sustainable Peace and to Thwart State Looting

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Salva Kiir (right) and Riek Machar (left)
press release

Tomorrow, celebrations will take place in Juba to mark the peace deal signed last month between the government of South Sudan and armed opposition groups.

Brian Adeba, Deputy Director of Policy at the Enough Project, said: "Tomorrow's celebration is a welcome move and a critical first step to building the confidence measures required for a realistic peace in South Sudan. Continuing violence in Jonglei and other parts of the country is a reminder that much remains to be done for South Sudan's people to believe that this peace is real. For a holistic peace, the parties must respect the ceasefire in its entirety. The government must release all political prisoners, open up the political space, and allow investigators unfettered access to determine the fate of civil society activists abducted during the war."

John Prendergast, Founding Director of the Enough Project and Co-Founder of The Sentry, said: "Rampant corruption has been the fuel and the byproduct of South Sudan's senseless and destructive war. This peace celebration should be an occasion to reflect on the immense governance reforms called for in the agreement to thwart the egregious state looting in the country. The government must move immediately to ensure that institutions that are critical for accountability, such as the anti-corruption commission, are reformed and strengthened to arrest the deadly scourge of grand corruption in the world's newest, most damaged state."

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The Enough Project supports peace and an end to mass atrocities in Africa's deadliest conflict zones. Together with its investigative initiative The Sentry, Enough counters armed groups, violent kleptocratic regimes, and their commercial partners that are sustained and enriched by corruption, criminal activity, and the trafficking of natural resources. By helping to create consequences for the major perpetrators and facilitators of atrocities and corruption, Enough seeks to build leverage in support of peace and good governance. Enough conducts research in conflict zones, engages governments and the private sector on potential policy solutions, and mobilizes public campaigns focused on peace, human rights, and breaking the links between war and illicit profit. Learn more - and join us - at www.EnoughProject.org.

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