Mar 25

Past Event

Southern Sudan in Transition: Promoting and Protecting Human Rights

Event Materials



  • New State of Southern Sudan Will Need Help

    Elkanah Odembo, Republic of Kenya: Southern Sudan needs help now and will need even more help after it attains statehood in July. The international community must focus on the issues plaguing the country and develop a comprehensive plan.

  • Continuing Militia Attacks from the North

    Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, GOSS Mission to the U.S.: Southern Sudan is concerned about continuing violence and militia attacks from the North. These attacks are meant to undermine the referendum and destabilize the South. But, the South is undeterred.

  • 50 Years of Suffering for Southern Sudan

    Andrew Natsios: Georgetown University: Over the last 50 years, Southern Sudan has endured unimaginable suffering; from the millions of lives lost during the civil war to the total destruction of its institutions and way of life.


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This past January, more than ninety-eight percent of Southern Sudanese voters confirmed their desire to secede from Sudan and declare an independent state. Although the government of Omar al-Bashir in Khartoum issued a decree recognizing the outcome of the referendum, many concerns persist regarding the promotion and protection of the human rights of the Southern Sudanese people, particularly during the turbulent transition to official statehood in July.

On March 25, the Project on Internal Displacement and the Africa Growth Initiative at Brookings will host a discussion to explore the future of human rights protections in Southern Sudan. The event will feature presentations by the Honorable Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, head of mission at the Government of Southern Sudan (GOSS) Mission and the Honorable Elkanah Odembo, Kenyan ambassador to the United States. Following their remarks, Joyce Leader and Andrew Natsios of Georgetown University will offer commentary.

Senior Fellow Elizabeth Ferris, co-director of the Project on Internal Displacement, will provide introductory remarks and moderate the discussion. After the program, panelists will take audience questions.

Event Agenda

  • Introduction and Moderator

  • Featured Speakers

    • Hon. Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth

      Head of Mission

      GOSS Mission to the United States

    • Joyce Leader

      Former Ambassador

      Senior Associate, Institute for the Study of International Migration, Georgetown University

    • Andrew Natsios

      Distinguished Professor, Walsh School of Foreign Service

      Georgetown University

    • Hon. Elkanah Odembo

      Ambassador to the United States

      Republic of Kenya


March 25, 2011

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM EDT

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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