10 July 2016
In response to what appears to be a resumption of all-out conflict in South Sudan over the weekend, Crisis Action supported a coalition of 20 South Sudanese organisations to write a joint public letter to the UN Security Council ahead of their emergency meeting.
This letter is calling on the Council to:
- Publicly condemn the ongoing armed hostilities in Juba and elsewhere in South Sudan, and urge the warring parties to ensure that civilians are protected from harm as a matter of top priority.
- Work closely with President Salva Kiir and First Vice-President Riek Machar, together with the AU Special Envoy to South Sudan and Chairperson of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission, to achieve an immediate cessation of hostilities.
- Authorise all means necessary to achieve a ceasefire, in tandem with the UN Security Council, to protect the civilian population and civil society and humanitarian agencies working in South Sudan, hold accountable those who are found responsible for the current violence and to deliver consequences to signal that further breaches of the ceasefire, and of the peace agreement as a whole, will not be tolerated.
The full letter is available to read here.