South Sudan falls out of favor with international donors

Jonathan Fisher, University of Birmingham The relationship between the government of South Sudan and the donor community is changing. International discourse on the East African country has moved from warm and sympathetic to disapproving, critical and exasperated. The tense relationship took a hit in March when Juba stated its intention to raise the permit fees …

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Why Gambia is not ideal to host Africa’s human rights watchdog

Rosa Freedman, University of Birmingham and Jonathan Fisher, University of Birmingham When one thinks of human rights in Africa, The Gambia might spring to mind as an example of a country with a domestic record of grave violations. It is therefore rather surprising that the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights continues to be …

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As refugee crisis deepens, the world is losing patience with South Sudan

Jonathan Fisher, University of Birmingham South Sudan has now been at war since 2013, with no end in sight. And while the two sides focus on defeating each other, the humanitarian situation on the ground is only deteriorating. The UN’s humanitarian co-ordinator in South Sudan, Toby Lanzer, has announced that heavy fighting in Unity state, …

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