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Striking judges sacked

Publish date: 17 July 2017
Issue Number: 734
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: South Sudan

The South Sudanese Government has sacked 12 judges who had been on strike for the past two months. Information Minister Michael Makuei confirmed that President Salva Kiir ‘issued an order relieving some of the judges’. He did not elaborate. A report on the eNCA site notes that 270 justices downed their gavels in May after Kiir refused to act on their ultimatum to fire the country's Chief Justice, whom the judges claimed ignored their demands for better working conditions and pay. The strike paralysed the justice system for several weeks. Most of the fired judges had been members of a committee spearheading the strike.

Full report on the eNCA site