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.