UN Calls for South Sudan Arms Embargo, Leaders Accused of Killing Civilians


UN sanctions monitors have called for an arms embargo to be placed on South Sudan and sanctions against the country’s president and top rebel leader.

The security council’s monitors go as far as claiming President Kiir and rebel leader Machar are directly responsible for the deaths of civilians and other violations that warrant sanctions against the pair and an arms embargo placed on the country.


Time for action

Other organisations have called on the UN to heed the advice of its own sanctions monitors, including Amnesty International (AI). It compounds the need for an arms embargo in South Sudan, following the deaths of thousands of civilians and displacement of tens of thousands of people.

“It should be a no-brainer for the international community to suspend the flow of arms where those arms are being used repeatedly to commit war crimes and to perpetuate grave and systematic human rights violations and abuses,” said Muthoni Wanyeki, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes.


A ‘preventative’ measure

Mr Wanyeki insists any embargo should be seen as a preventative measure, designed to halt ongoing violence in South Sudan. A peace deal was agreed between President Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar in August, however violence has continued ever since.

The UN’s report states that “both sides have continued to seek to arm their forces, even after the signing of the peace agreement in August [2015] and… the continued influx of arms has had a devastating impact on civilians and on the overall security situation in the country.”

The report then calls for a complete embargo on the supply, sale transfer and transport of weapons and military assistance or training to South Sudan until peace can be established in the country.


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