The case of Peter Biar Ajak, a former child refugee who returned to his native South Sudan as an internationally renowned academic, has thrown the spotlight on what rights groups say is repression of dissent in Africa’s youngest country.
The dramatic gesture happened during a spiritual retreat by the two men at the Vatican and came only hours after the military in neighbouring Sudan ousted its longtime leader, President Omar al-Bashir, after 30 years of authoritarian rule.
South Africa would join Chinese, Indian, Malaysian and other interests in South Sudan's oil sector. The oil ministry said the South African money will be used for the refining and processing of oil and gas, research and development and the transfer of technology.
Opposition spokesman Lam Paul Gabriel said government forces and Sudanese rebel militias launched a "heavy joint attack" in Mboro, Wau County in the northwest around 7 am on Saturday, arriving in armored personnel carriers, trucks and Land Cruisers.
The findings, with 'sufficient evidence' against both President Salva Kiir's government forces and rebels, identify more than 40 senior military officials, 'who may bear individual responsibility for war crimes.'