Journalists for Human Rights: Update on South Sudan

TORONTO, July 13, 2016 /CNW/ - In light of the deteriorating security situation in South Sudan, Journalists for Human Rights took the decision on Sunday, July 10 to evacuate our four-person team, Grant McDonald, Mustapha Dumbuya, Carolyn Thompson and Suzan Kim Otor from Juba.

The team are now safely in Nairobi. They will remain there for a period of up to one month while JHR assesses the security outlook, in consultation with its security experts and the Canadian government.

JHR is legally registered as an INGO in-country and remains committed to the project, which is urgently needing work, particularly in light of the ongoing need for reliable information through conflict.

A shaky ceasefire declared Monday, July 11 by the leaders representing each side in the previous conflict appears to be holding. The two leaders in the ongoing dispute, President Salva Kiir, of the Dinka, and Vice-President Riek Machar, of Nuer background, were in further talks Tuesday to shore it up.

About Journalists for Human Rights
Journalists for Human Rights is a Toronto-based organization that aims to empower journalists to provide objective and ethical reporting on human rights issues. JHR has operated in 21 countries and trained more than 12,500 journalists and journalism students on rights-based reporting, with more than 50 million people impacted by human rights stories from JHR-trained journalists. More information about JHR can be found at: www.jhr.ca

Our thanks to the CNW Group for Sponsoring this announcement.

SOURCE Journalists for Human Rights (JHR)

For further information: Rachel Pulfer, Executive Director, Journalists for Human Rights, Tel: 416-413-0240 x 206, E-mail: rachel@jhr.ca

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