Welcome to AllAfrica's Silencing The Guns series where we focus on peacebuilding on the continent. I'm Mantsadi Sepheka from allAfrica. And today our focus is South Sudan.
Africa's youngest independent state has been plagued by chronic instability since gaining its independence a decade ago. civil society groups have called on the country's government to step down as South Sudan deals with what Amnesty International is calling a new wave of repression. Now in this wave of repression, authorities are targeting the right to freedom of expression.
Activists, journalists and pro democracy employees have been arrested in the government crackdown.
Now let's welcome Dr. Andrew Tchie, a senior research fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs. At that institute he works on stabilisation, peace operations, peacebuilding and security systems in sub-Saharan Africa. He also coordinates Training for Peace in Africa Programme with the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD), the Institution for Security Studies (ISS) in South Africa, and the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), and works with the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
Dr. Tchie has written several papers focusing on South Sudan struggles with democracy stability and peace. Welcome Dr. Andrews to allAfrica Silencing The Guns series.
AllAfrica's reporting on peacebuilding across Africa is supported by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, philanthropy supporting innovations in education, democratic engagement, and strengthening international peace and security.
(This podcast has been edited for time and clarity)