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Expert Meeting & Discussion on South Sudan

February 29, 2012

Expert Meeting & Discussion on South Sudan

Hon. Kathleen Ferrier and Dr. Jan Nico Scholten during the event

Expert Meeting: “Peace and Democratisation Process in South Sudan”, Dutch Parliament

With former child soldier Kon Kelei and Member of Parliament Kathleen Ferrier

Organisation: Association of European Parliamentarians with Africa (AWEPA) & Nationale Commissie voor internationale samenwerking en Duurzame
Ontwikkeling (NCDO)
Date: 29-02-2012
Venue: Dutch House of Representatives, The Hague, the Netherlands
Prominent South Sudan experts and Members of the Dutch Parliament will discuss the current developments in the peace and democratisation process in South Sudan and the role of parliamentarians and in particular women herein. In relation to this the issue of tribal tensions will be addressed as in recent months, violent conflicts have increased between tribes, raising inquiry into the overall democratisation process. Kon Kelei will share his experience and perspectives on the subject matter as former child soldier.
After South Sudan became an independent state in July 2011 following the conduct of the referendum, the country is facing challenges in developing sustainable peace and stability.

The Netherlands has been closely involved in the peace and democratisation process and will continue to do so during the reconstruction of the country as part of the Dutch development cooperation priorities. The South Sudan National Legislative Assembly (NLA) obviously has a critical role to play in this political constellation in terms of enacting relevant legislation, government oversight and representation of the people of Sudan. Building the capacity of the NLA after the referendum is crucial to achieve sustainable development and stability.

During the expert meeting the participants will exchange views on the current state of affairs and what the Dutch parliamentarians can do to support this democratic transformation process in South Sudan?

This expert meeting is hosted by the Netherlands Section of the Association of European Parliamentarians with Africa (AWEPA), steered by CDA Member of Parliament Kathleen Ferrier and AWEPA International in collaboration with the Nationale Commissie voor internationale samenwerking en Duurzame Ontwikkeling (NCDO).

Chair: Henk-Jan Ormel, Member of the Dutch House of Representatives and AWEPA Vice-President

Keynote Speaker: Kon Kelei, former Southern Sudanese child soldier of the Sudan’s People Liberation Army (SPLA), lawyer and actor in the movie “Wit Licht” (2008) and documentary about his life Hinterland – A Child Soldier’s Road Back to South Sudan” (2011)

Panellists:

  • Lotje de Vries, PhD student in state building in South Sudan, African Studies Centre (ASC), Leiden University
  • Jort Hemmer, Researcher in the Horn of Africa, Clingendael Conflict Research Unit (CRU)
  • Monique Vogelaar, Senior Trainer International Republican Institute (IRI)

Moderator: Kathleen Ferrier, Member of the Dutch House of Representatives and Head of the AWEPA Section
Logistical details: Date: Wednesday 29 February 2012/ Location: Tweede Kamer der Staten-Generaal, Den Haag/ Time: 17.00-19.00 (drinks at 19.00) / Admission: Free / Language: Dutch and English / Please register through amsterdam@awepa.org / Website: http://www.awepa.org / Please bring official identification for entrance to the Parliament.

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Concept Note

Programme

Press release

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