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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The Current Human Rights Situation in South Sudan

Friday, July 10, 2015 - 10:30am
2172 Rayburn House Office Building


As we approach the fourth anniversary of the day the United States recognized South Sudan as a sovereign independent state, please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a hearing on the current human rights situation in South Sudan.

Four years ago the people of South Sudan voted in overwhelming numbers for independence from the Republic of Sudan. After decades of war, they peacefully and joyfully voted for separation and for a new future. The United States played a critical role in supporting the struggle for independence.

However, in December 2013, less than three years after independence, growing political tensions among key leaders in South Sudan erupted in violence. The renewed conflict is imposing economic, security, and humanitarian costs on the people of South Sudan and on the entire region. UN and relief agencies report abductions, burned villages, killings, rape, and targeted attacks on civilians, including on women and children, in conflict-affected areas. According to the UN, recent violence between Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and SPLA–In Opposition forces in southern and central Unity state has displaced an estimated 100,000 people and triggered the evacuation of humanitarian organization, leaving more than 650,000 people vulnerable to the loss of life-saving assistance.

This hearing will examine the numerous and grave human rights abuses occurring in South Sudan. Additionally, the witnesses will recommend steps that Congress could take to to help alleviate human suffering.

For any questions, please contact Jennifer Saporia King at 202-226-5285 or (for Rep. McGovern) at 202-225-3599 or Carson Middleton (for Rep. Pitts) at 202-225-2411 or

Hosted by:

James P. McGovern, M.C.
Co-Chairman, TLHRC
Joseph R. Pitts, M.C.
Co-Chairman, TLHRC

Opening Remarks


Panel I

  • Ambassador Susan Page, Special Advisor to the U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan, Department of State
  • Linda Etim, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Africa Bureau, United States Agency for International Development

Panel II

  • Ms. Akshaya Kumar, Sudan and South Sudan Policy Analyst, Enough Project
    Written testimony
  • Mr. Adotei Akwei, Managing Director, Government Relations, Amnesty International USA
    Written testimony
  • Bill O'Keefe, Vice President for Government Relations and Advocacy, Catholic Relief Services
    Written testimony





114th Congress