Human Rights

Chiefs’ Courts: Protecting Civilians in South Sudan?

  In this blog Alex de Waal and Rachel Ibreck explore the provision of justice and security within the ‘Protection of Civilians’ sites in South Sudan, drawing on extensive research in the Juba and Bentiu sites. A new JSRP paper by Rachel Ibreck and Naomi Pendle provides fuller details of this research. When civil war erupted in South Sudan in […]

Corruption, Protest and Militancy

Corruption is not a victimless crime. With the effects of corruption and money laundering very much on the agenda of recent speeches by UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, and with growing public and political interest in a better understanding of the  drivers of corruption, the JSRP recently held a two-day retreat at St. George’s House, Windsor, to debate the issues.

Although […]

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    Preventing Land Dispossession in Africa: Do we need Stronger Justice Mechanisms?

Preventing Land Dispossession in Africa: Do we need Stronger Justice Mechanisms?

By Moses Adonga, Rachel Ibreck and Godfrey Victor Bulla There has been a global awakening to the opportunities and costs of land grabs in Africa. Academics and activists are duly investigating the scope and impacts of large-scale land seizures; the plight of victims has gained recognition; and there are moves to promote ‘responsible’ corporate investments. In contribution to the ongoing […]

South Sudan: The Limits of Human Rights


In September 2013, Human Rights Watch published a report entitled “They Are Killing Us”: Abuses Against Civilians in South Sudan’s Pibor County.  Pibor County is in Jonglei state, lying in an inaccessible part of South Sudan’s flood plains, near the Ethiopian border.

Pibor people are different from their neighbours – most of them are Murle, and speak a language related […]