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US congress members called for sanctions on S. Sudanese officials


April 5, 2014 (JUBA) – A petition filed by members of the United States Congress necessitated president Barack Obama’s recent calls for possible sanctions against South Sudanese officials responsible for the current violence and human rights abuses committed in the new nation.

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US secretary of state John Kerry (L) meets with South Sudanese president Salva Kiir in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on 26 May 2013 (Photo: Reuters)

On 20 March, 52 Congress members wrote to U.S Secretary of State, Senator John Kerry urging America to ensure that those who committed horrendous abuses against the South Sudanese people be held accountable.

The petitioners, in their letter, mainly called on the US administration to enhance the country’s support, further urging Secretary Kerry and the Obama administration to take “additional actions to end this conflict”.

“We must also ensure that those who have committed horrendous abuse against the South Sudanese people are held accountable,” the petition read, adding, “As such, we call on the administration to enhance the United States support and urge you to take additional actions to end the conflict.”

Violence broke out in the South Sudanese capital, Juba in mid-December last year in what government alleged was a failed coup on President Salva Kiir’s leadership by his ex-deputy, Riek Machar who denies these allegations.

Since the conflict started, the Obama administration has frantically tried to halt hostilities between the South Sudanese warring parties, encouraging them to reach a quick agreement to stop the fighting and engage in an inclusive process brokered by the IGAD regional leaders in order to achieve peace and national reconciliation.

The first days of the conflict also saw Obama’s top national security adviser Susan Rice and other high-ranking officials encourage the two parties by pressing them to end the violence and reach a negotiated settlement.

“All property and interests in property that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of any United States person (including any foreign branch) of the following persons are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in,” the executive order reads in part.

The new directive does not, however, mention any individuals to be subjected to these sanctions, but grants authority to the U.S Department of Treasury and U.S State department to identify those it was likely to affect.

“Those who threaten the peace, security, or stability of South Sudan, obstruct the peace process, target U.N. peacekeepers, or are responsible for human rights abuses and atrocities will not have a friend in the United States and run the risk of sanctions,” further noted the 3 April order.

According to the US government, direct or indirect actions or policies that threaten the peace, security, or stability of South Sudan; actions or policies that threaten transitional agreements or undermine democratic processes or institutions in South Sudan; actions or policies that have the purpose or effect of expanding or extending the conflict would also attract sanctions.

American senator Edward Royce welcomed president Obama’s move, saying South Sudan was getting no closer to finding a way forward.

“We need to strongly convey to both sides, the government and the opposition that their actions to undermine peace do have consequences,” said Royce, who chairs the US Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Analysts say the US move marks a stunning shift in policy by the Obama administration, which strongly backed Southern Sudanese during the civil war years with Khartoum and when it gained independence in July 2011.


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US Congress petition to Senator John Kerry March 20, 2014
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  • 6 April 2014 08:32, by Akol Liai Mager

    North Sudan’s viruses have followed South Sudan.

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    • 6 April 2014 09:51, by Tong dut

      That is a good message to Dinkas, They like killing and stilling south sudan money.
      No sallary for south sudan Army even the wound one at wor. One ugandan army was been paid two hundred Us PER A DAY.
      Now we are going to see, if he will rule sudan for a week.
      Good move American,You give them money, they run mad, killing ever one in the country,so that they may be one tribe in south sudan.

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  • 6 April 2014 08:36, by Jalaby

    Well, US Congress members should punish themselves first before punishing the rival parties in the south because US Congress separated the south despite they know very well this is going to be deformed child who can’t live for long!
    Anyway, it’s just a matter of time till the south join its north brother under US sanction!
    Death is one although has many reasons!

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    • 6 April 2014 08:43, by Young Patriot

      F##ked Jalaby, your evil intentions will never materialize!!! Kiir and Riek will go but we have other leaders who will take over...we will never be reunited with your hopeless country which is already plagued by 32 rebel groups.

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      • 6 April 2014 09:24, by Jalaby

        Young patriot,
        Idiot! who is talking about unity now? it looks like you understand through your nose!
        Yes, unity will come later after the south submit an appeal to north to unite again but that will happen only after the bad guys finish off themselves in the south, cleansing the south from the bad guys is going on now!

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    • 6 April 2014 08:56, by Akol Liai Mager

      For your information about who really has separated North Sudan, not South Sudan from the rest of the country: Not-Nafie Ali Not-Nafie’s own words to Ahmed Mansour the presenter of Al-Jazeera Arabic TV Program of "Without Border", "Separation was the best option for use (NIF regime’s leaders) than the Unity of Garang where all of us would have been equal".

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  • 6 April 2014 08:39, by Young Patriot

    According to this letter signed by over US 50 Congress Members, Pres Kiir and Dr Riek are in deep shit!!! US administration is determined to make sure that the two bigwigs will face the ICC...no more honeymoon for poor Mayardit!!!

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    • 6 April 2014 09:07, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      That is what if you get, when you let the world know that you are weak and can’t stand on your own feet. they will throw stones and beanbags at you, in order to test your willpower. The West is so embarrassed by rebel’s weakness, that is why they resorted to sanctions as a mean to instill fear on our leaders so as they can give in to their demands.

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  • 7 April 2014 05:35, by Black Africa

    @ Jalaby,If all prophets comes from heaven to South Sudan even Jesus whom most of Southern Sudanese believed in and say we must united with Sudan for our interest, we will never accept it to unite with Sudan.

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    • 7 April 2014 11:25, by Gangura

      I do really enjoy the analysis of Mr. jalab and wish if all of us could follow his analysis. now Kirr is sick with his cabinet. I wish American could have cut off all the support right from today and we see how those idiot dinkas could be getting money again/ matherfucker dinkas

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