Investigation into alleged breach of the peace agreement underway in the Yei area. 0

14 September, 2018, Juba, CTSAMM have received allegations regarding violations of the ceasefire agreement in the Yei area and an investigation into these reports is currently underway. CTSAMM would like to remind the Parties of their commitment to refrain from any form of hostilities as per the Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan signed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 12th September, 2018....

PCTSA workshop for South Sudan Parties kicks off 0

All Parties that initialed the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) are attending the workshop that started on 3 September 2018 at the Conference Center of Higher Academy for Strategic and Security Studies in Khartoum. Opening the workshop, JMEC Deputy Chairperson, Ambassador Augostino Njoroge said the workshop is taking place at a very critical phase of the revitalization process immediately after the Parties and stakeholders initialed the R-ARCSS. “This is a milestone and I must congratulate all the South Sudanese parties and stakeholders. JMEC also sees this historic moment as a demonstration of...

CTSAMM ToT participants vow to share knowledge with fellow monitors 0

Two international observers each from the 12 MVTs took part in the two-day ToT workshop organized by CTSAMM HQ at Canada Star Hotel in Juba from 9-10 August 2018. Some participants of the workshop said they have benefited from the simplified methods of presentation and that they will share them with other international observers back in their MVTs as well as communities at the grassroots levels. The workshop aimed at consolidating the monitors’ understanding on CTSAMM’s mandate, Monitoring, Verification and reporting methods, enlightening MVT’s on Sector concept, CTSAMM’s messaging guidelines and understanding the Partys’ roles in protecting civilians, as...

CTSAMM and UN Women Sign MoU 0

The Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM) and the UN Entity for Empowerment of Women and Gender Equality (UN Women) have on Friday, 17 August 2018, signed an MoU to facilitate their cooperation in areas of mutual interest. CTSAMM Chairman, Major General Ibrahim Abdeljelill and UN Women Representative, Funmi Balogun signed the MoU on behalf of their respective organizations. “The Parties agree to cooperate on joint programmes and actions supporting displaced and vulnerable women’s recovery and resilience within humanitarian action,” the MoU read. In line with the MoU, CTSAMM will take steps to ensure its reporting is...

CTSAMM Briefs South Sudan Media on Its Mandate, Peace Process 0

CTSAMM Strategic Communications Officer, Ruth Feeney, gave the briefing at a workshop organized by Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) in collaboration with Journalists for Human Rights (JHR). CTSAMM gave updates on the status of implementation of the Agreement on Cessation of Hostilities and Protection of Civilians and Humanitarian Access (ACoH) and the role of the media in supporting the peace process. Feeney highlighted the Parties’ obligation to protect the media and civil society. “Media reports can also serve as the basis for CTSAMM to initiate preliminary investigations into alleged violation of the ceasefire,” she noted. Opening a two-day workshop, JMEC...

CTSAMM Chief of Staff meets with the Governor in Upper Nile State 0

30 July, 2018, Malakal, The CTSAMM Chief of Staff, Bill Gallagher, and the Malakal Monitoring and Verification (MVT) team met with the Governor of Upper Nile State, Honourable James Tor, to discuss the implementation of the Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities (ACOH).   The Governor welcomed CTSAMM and commented on the challenges that are facing the country in terms of restoring peace and stability. The CTSAMM Chief of Staff said CTSAMM stands ready to monitor and help facilitate the Parties through the transitional period and also stressed that the organisation works in an impartial neutral manner when investigating breaches...

David Yau Yau; “We welcome CTSAMM to Pibor” 0

10-11 July, 2018, Pibor, The CTSAMM Monitoring and Verification team conducted outreach with communities in Pibor. At the opening of the event the Governor David Yau Yau welcomed CTSAMM to Pibor and commented on the important role CTSAMM have to play in the peace process.   Topics covered included a briefing on the Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities and the mandate on CTSAMM. The participants thanked the team for engaging them and requested  CTSAMM to carry out more activities of this nature in the future....

CTSAMM discusses the Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities and the peace process with over 200 youth representatives in Juba 0

17- 19 July, 2018, Juba, the CTSAMM Communications office met with over 200 youth leaders to provide a briefing on the mandate of the organisation and engage the representatives in discussion on the peace process. The briefing  was part of a workshop organised by the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission  themed “Peace in Time: Creating awareness for the Youth on the South Sudan Peace Process” which brought together 200 students from the Youth Peacemaker Network at the Juba-based Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI). The four day event involved a briefing from CTSAMM on the mandate of the organisation and also a broader discussion...

CTSAMM Honors Its Monitors with Medals, Certificates 0

After handing medals to the monitors, the guest of honor, Michael Morrow, Deputy Head of Mission at the US Embassy in South Sudan described the monitors as professionals, very brave, dedicated with the eyes and ears of the entire world on what is happening in South Sudan. “If it were not for the fine job that you do in dangerous conditions, the world would not know what is happening and that the world would not be working as hard as we are working now to try and help the peace process go forward,” he noted. CTSAMM Chairman, Maj. General...

Update on the recent activities of CTSAMM 0

Please click on the link below to hear the latest radio interview with CTSAMM. The interview focuses on recent activities and the role CTSAMM has to play in the peace process....

CTSAMM Hosts 3rd Donors Conference in Juba 0

The CTSAMM Chairman, Major General Ibrahim Abdeljellil, hosted the third CTSAMM Donors Conference in Juba yesterday. The conference was intended to update donors on the recent activities of the mission and also to plan for future requirements. The CTSAMM is generously supported by China, UK, US, Norway, EU, Germany, Japan and Denmark. The Donors expressed their appreciation to CTSAMM for the work they do in monitoring the ceasefire and emphasised the important role CTSAMM has to play in the peace process. The Donor representatives assured CTSAMM of their continued support to the mission....

UNMISS SRSG meets with CTSAMM Chairman in Juba 0

June 8, Juba, the CTSAMM Chairman, Major General Ibrahim Abdeljelill and his Deputy, Major General Tariq Abdelkarim, met with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG), David Shearer and his Deputy Moustapha Soumarè. The meeting focused on the recent United Nations Secutiry Council Resolution 2418 which requested “the Secretary General, in coordination with CTSAMM, to report by 30th June on weather any fighting has taken place since the adoption of the resolution involving the Parties to the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement in South Sudan”. The meeting also addressed the continued cooperation...

CTSAMM to host workshop for the Warring Parties and Board Meeting in Addis Ababa in May and June, 2018. 0

In late May and early June, 2018, CTSAMM intends to hold a workshop for the warring Parties and a CTSAMM Board meeting with all relevant stakeholders including Youth and Civil Society Representatives as well as the international community. Following the conclusion of the second phase of the HLRF in Addis Ababa in May, CTSAMM will convene a workshop to orient the warring Parties on the work of CTSAMM and also to build confidence amongst the parties as well as discuss further modalities concerning the Permanent Ceasefire Framework . Immediately following the workshop CTSAMM also intends to hold a Board...

CTSAMM conducts workshop in Bor on how to report Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV) 0

The two day training drew 30 participants from NGOs, SPLA, Civil Society Organizations, Health Facilities, Police, Prisons and Youth representatives. The training was a multi-purpose capacity building initiative aimed at:- Introducing and creating awareness on the Peace Agreement and the implementation process to the Civil Society, and governmental organizations – highlighting their role in the Peace process as per the Peace agreement. Educating Civil Society and governmental organizations on the role of CTSAMM including the reporting Focus areas – included SGBV affiliated to Armed forces and the reporting process; Legal and Medical aspects of Rape; Humanitarian access; Humanitarian International...

CTSAMM explains the recently signed Ceasefire Agreement to 150 secondary school teachers. 0

CTSAMM participated in a workshop themed “Enhancing Teachers’ Understanding and Role in Dissemination, Implementation and Monitoring of the Peace Agreement Process”, organised by the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) and the national NGO, Crown the Women with support from Norwegian Peoples Aid.  CTSAMM gave a presentation on the recently signed Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities (ACOH). The presentation focused on the major provisions of the ACOH and the CTSAMM mandate to monitor the agreement. The participants thanked the CTSAMM for their presentation and also expressed their frustration that hostilities are continuing despite the many agreements that have...

CTSAMM Chairman met a representative from the Danish Embassy in Juba 0

19 April, 2018, Juba, The CTSAMM Chairman, Major General Ibrahim Abdeljellil, met with Steen Skovgaard Larsen who is the Head of Office for the Danish Embassy in Juba. The meeting focused on the support the Danish Government is providing to CTSAMM. The CTSAMM Chairman thanked Mr. Skovgaard Larsen for the continued donations CTSAMM receives from the Danish Government. The CTSAMM is generously supported through financial and in-kind contributions from the US, UK, EU, China, Denmark, Japan, Norway and Germany....

CTSAMM and JMEC breifed the visiting AU delegation 0

16 April, Juba, CTSAMM senior leadership and the JMEC secretariat briefed the visiting African Union delegation on recent activities in relation to their monitoring activities. CTSAMM gave a brief update on the verification of forces throughout the country and also gave a brief overview on five violation reports which have been recently submitted to JMEC and IGAD. The visiting delegation thanked CTSAMM for their presentation and also commended the work CTSAMM does in ensuring the security situation is accurately monitored....

Delegation from Sweden visit CTSAMM to discuss reporting on Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV) and the inclusion of women in the peace process 0

10 April, 2018, A delegation from the Swedish foreign ministry visited CTSAMM offices to discuss reporting of SGBV and the role of women in the South Sudan peace process. The delegation was met by the CTSAMM Chief of Staff and the CTSAMM Gender Advisor. CTSAMM gave a briefing to the delegation on how cases of SGBV are handled and how the organisation hopes to expand reporting on these issue in the future. The delegation thanked CTSAMM for the updates and commended the work CTSAMM does in bringing the issue of SGBV to the fore of the peace process. Among...

CTSAMM reminds all Parties of their obligations under the Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities (ACOH) to freeze their forces and seek authorisation from CTSAMM before any military movement. 0

The Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM) reminds all Parties of their obligations under the Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities (ACOH) to freeze their forces and seek authorisation from CTSAMM before any military movement.   Juba, 12 April, 2018, Since the signing of the ACOH in December2017, CTSAMM has recorded multiple incidents of unauthorized military movements. Any unauthorized military movement is not only against the spirit and word of the ACOH, but it is also a provocative action which may lead to further violence.   According to the ACOH Parties are obliged to freeze their forces...

CTSAMM holds workshop for Monitoring and Verification Team Leaders in Juba 0

The CTSAMM team leader’s workshop took place from 4-7 April in Juba. The focus of the workshop was to share information on the Monitoring and Verification Teams (MVTs) activities in relation to the verification of the forces throughout the country. CTSAMM Operations section presented a briefing on verification, lessons learned and best practices. Additional briefings included; aircraft procedures, tetra training, food security, MVT challenges and reporting. On the final day of the workshop team leaders were broken into groups and presented briefings on their areas as a practical exercise....

CTSAMM hosts Donor Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 0

  5th April, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, CTSAMM held its second Donor Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The one day event was intended to update donors on the activities of CTSAMM and also to plan for the future requirements of the mission. CTSAMM is generously supported through financial and in-kind contributions from China, Norway, US, UK, Japan, EU, Denmark and Germany. The IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan, Ismail Wais, as well as the UK Special Envoy for South Sudan, Chris Trott were also in attendance. The CTSAMM Chairman, Major General Ibrahim Abduljelill, opened the conference by thanking the donors...

CTSAMM is deeply concerned regarding ongoing reports and allegations of hostilities in southern Central Equatoria and areas of Upper Nile. 0

Juba, 29 March, 2018, The CTSAMM is deeply concerned regarding ongoing reports and allegations of hostilities in the southern area of Central Equatoria and areas of Upper Nile.   The CTSAMM would like to remind the Parties of their obligations to cease all hostilities and adhere to the provisions of the Agreement of the Cessation of Hostilities (ACOH), including freezing of forces and military movements without prior authority of CTSAMM. All parties committed to implement the agreement “in full and in good faith”. The 61st Extra-Ordinary Session of IGAD Council of Ministers underscored its resolve to bring any violators...

CTSAMM Chairman visits Bentiu 0

The CTSAMM Chairman, Major General Ibrahim Abdeljellil, travelled to Bentiu today to meet the CTSAMM Monitoring and Verification team (MVT) working in the area. The Chairman undertook the visit to personally follow up on the work of the monitoring team and to understand the challenges they face in discharging their mandate. The Chairman also met with the UNMISS Head of Field Office in Bentiu to express his gratitude for the continued support of the UN to CTSAMM....

His Excellency He Xiangdong, Ambassador from the Embassy of the Peoples Republic of China in South Sudan presents medals to CTSAMM monitors 0

March 19, 2018, Juba, The CTSAMM held a medal ceremony for ceasefire monitors to recognise their contribution to the mission. Some of the monitors who received medals will be leaving the CTSAMM as they have completed their one year rotation with the mission. The outgoing group include monitors and observers from Kenya, Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Egypt and China. The Guest of Honour, His Excellency He Xiangdong, Ambassador from the Embassy of the Peoples Republic of China in South Sudan was greeted on arrival by the CTSAMM Chairman Major General Ibrahim Abduljelill. Before asking the Ambassador to present medals to...

The European Union supports CTSAMM to conduct training for Civil Society on reporting of cases of Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV). 0

15-16 March, 2018, Juba, the CTSAMM held a two-day training for Civil Society in Juba on reporting of Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV). The recently signed Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities (ACOH) gives specific mention to the prohibition of SGBV and therefore the training will enable CTSAMM and civil society work more collaboratively in the reporting of such incidents.     The training included a general introduction to CTSAMM and the ACOH, a brief on CTSAMMs role in reporting humanitarian access violations, SGBV definitions and SGBV incidents that CTSAMM considers violations of the ACOH. The training also included...

The CTSAMM Monitoring and Verification Team (MVT) in Aweil engages in dissemination of the Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities (ACOH) with local stakeholders 0

The CTSAMM MVT in Aweil have engaged the Ayuang Payam Community and the Womens Organisation Network in Aweil Town to sensitize them and obtain their feedback on the ACOH signed in Addis Ababa on 21st December, 2017. The MVT also conducted a patrol to Marial Baai (Lol State) and Malek Alel (Aweil South) to conduct further sensitization activities on the ACOH.   Through dissemination of the ACOH the CTSAMM hopes to give a better understanding of the provisions of the agreement to local communities and authorities. Knowledge of the agreement is essential to successful implementation at the grassroots level....

Japan Contributes to CTSAMM 0

Juba, 9 March 2018, the CTSAMM Chairperson, Major General Ibrahim Abduljellil, paid a courtesy call to the Ambassador of Japan to South Sudan, Mr. Seiji Okada, to receive funds of $500,000 USD provided to the mission with the aim supporting the peace process in South Sudan. The funds will enable the CTSAMM to carry out its mandate of monitoring the ceasefire in South Sudan. The project funding will enhance the efforts to conduct outreach with civil society and other stakeholders with specific focus on addressing gender issues. Funds will also be used to acquire vehicles and communication tools as...

CTSAMM Chairman Visits Monitoring and Verification Teams around the country 0

The CTSAMM Chairman, Maj Gen Ibrahim Abdeljeili led a 5-day mission to oversee the work of the CTSAMM monitoring and verification teams in numerous field locations around the country including Bor, Yambio, Torit and Malakal. The Chairman undertook this mission in order to meet with teams to further enhance understanding of the challenges they face in discharging their duties and also to follow up personally on the verification exercise on the disposition of forces of the various armed groups who are party to the ceasefire agreement. The CTSAMM Chairman also had the opportunity to meet with the UNMISS Head...