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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The Peace Process in South Sudan

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 10:00am
2200 Rayburn House Office Building


Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a briefing on the status of the ongoing peace process in South Sudan, the prospects for success and the obstacles to realization.

A peace deal brokered in September 2018 between South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar ended a civil conflict that began in 2013 in the world’s newest country. Underlying what was initially a political dispute are tensions between South Sudan’s two largest ethnicities, the Dinka and the Nuer. Sponsored by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development – a regional grouping of East African countries – and spearheaded by Sudan and Uganda, the tenuous peace agreement has thus far held, albeit shakily.

Panelists will focus on the role of churches and civil society in particular in helping maintain peace and expand reconciliation and reconstruction.

This briefing will be open to Members of Congress, congressional staff, the interested public, and the media. For any questions, please contact Piero Tozzi at 202-225-3765 (for Co-Chair Smith) or Kimberly Stanton at 202-225-3599 (for Co-Chair McGovern). 

Hosted by:

Christopher H. Smith
Member of Congress
Co-Chair, TLHRC
James P. McGovern
Member of Congress
Co-Chair, TLHRC


Panel I

  • The Most Rev. Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala, Catholic bishop of Tombura-Yambio Diocese, South Sudan
  • David Dettoni, Director of Operations, Sudan Relief Fund
  • Daniel Sullivan, Senior Advocate for Human Rights, Refugees International
    Written statement
  • Lauren Ploch Blanchard, Specialist in African Affairs, Congressional Research Service


  • Piero Tozzi, Republican Staff Director, TLHRC



116th Congress