Weekly News Round-Up (02/10/15)

2 October 2015

News From HART

  • For the International Day of the Girl Child, HART intern Rowena highlight HART’s work to empower and protect young women. Read it here!




  • The EU says a peaceful solution in Nagorno-Karabakh remains a priority as the current escalation of conflict around Nagorno-Karabakh is unsustainable.
  • Shelling has caused further deaths in the border regions of Nagorno-Karabakh.
  • Members of the US congress have submitted proposals aimed to ensure lasting peace in the region.


South Sudan

  • The African Union announced on Tuesday that a special war crimes court will be set up in response to the conflict in South Sudan. The AU and South Sudan have been critical of the International Criminal Court, suggesting that it hasn’t acted impartially in the past. This new war crimes court will use a mix of international and South Sudanese law.
  • The UK has announced plans to deploy between 250-300 troops to South Sudan in the hope to help alleviate the conflict and humanitarian crisis. Whilst providing military, engineering, logistical training and advice, David Cameron suggested that such support could help counter the problems caused by migration and the threat of terrorist action being organised within fragile states. This announcement has faced criticism from within South Sudan, with arguments against an increase in troops without the consent of the South Sudanese government.
  • The South Sudanese Defence Minister,  Kuol Manyang Juuk, is visiting Cairo in the hope to strengthen military cooperation with Egypt. This visit on the back of the 2014 agreement to increase military cooperation between the two countries.
  • The Ugandan People’s Defence Force (UPDF) has stalled its withdrawal from the South Sudan regions of Bor and Juba. The recent peace agreement signed in August stated that all foreign militias and forces must leave the country, with the UPDF requested to have started its withdrawal on  the 27th of September. However, the UPDF said it “was still monitoring the situation” before making a complete withdrawal.





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