Setting the record straight
This video introduces “Setting the Record Straight”, a report on South Sudan that sets out some of the challenges faced by the Government, many of which have their roots in international politics that have resulted in sanctions to support flawed policies. The report exposes how the Government was forced into peace negotiations by the international community following two attempted coup attempts in 2013 and 2016. These negotiations manipulated by the SPLM-IO resulted in a peace agreement which led to a power-sharing arrangement, doomed to fail from the start which has severely restricted the development of the country. Moreover, notwithstanding the peace agreement, outbreaks of violence have continued. The report also examines the nature and impact of militia and opposition forces which remain a significant problem for the Government. Often blamed for being responsible or for failing to suppress conflict by militia or opposition forces, the Government is placed in an invidious position, particularly given the ongoing arms embargo and individual sanctions, based upon narratives which have been built on a misrepresentation of events.
The report also showcases positive developments in the field of justice with the development of mobile courts supported by UNMISS and other international actors, as well as the unification of forces from 2022.