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Campaign group demands arms embargo on S. Sudan

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July 17, 2014 (NAIROBI) – The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) must impose a comprehensive arms embargo on South Sudan after reports emerged that its warring parties were involved in the proliferation of Chinese small arms and ammunition, a campaign group said on Thursday.

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Amnesty International, in a statement, said it had confirmed that China supplied a further 1,000 tonnes of small arms and light weapons worth $38 million to the young nation about two weeks ago.

“China is playing a dangerous diplomatic game with the lives of millions of people in South Sudan. It has pledged to provide peacekeeping troops to protect civilians, and at the same time has sent over 1,000 tonnes of arms,” said Elizabeth Ashamu Deng, a South Sudan researcher at Amnesty International.

“Such arms are likely to fall into the hands of both parties to the conflict and be used to fuel the atrocities threatening civilian lives,” she added.

The UNSC, of which China is a permanent member, has already condemned violations of international humanitarian law in South Sudan, including extrajudicial executions and ethnically targeted violence. Russia, France, United States and Britain are the other members of the Security Council with veto powers.

South Sudan has been in turmoil since mid-December last year, while regional efforts by the Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to end the conflict faces several huddles.

In May, the UNSC extended the mandate of its peacekeeping mission in the young nation, with more focus on protection of civilians, supporting the implementation of the cessation of hostilities agreement, investigating human rights abuses and violations and creating conditions for delivery of humanitarian assistance.

China reportedly pledged a full battalion of some 850 troops for South Sudan’s peace mission to boost the 12,500 troops and 1,323 police forces approved by the UNSC in December last year.

South Sudanese defence minister Kuol Manyang Juuk confirmed to Bloomberg news agency the purchase of the weapons, which the China North Industries Group Corp, the nation’s biggest arms manufacturer known as NORINCO, shipped through Kenya’s Mombasa port last month.

“This additional flow and proliferation of deadly equipment from China into South Sudan’s raging war will set the country back decades and pave the way for increased criminality and violence among civilians – even long after the current armed conflict ends,” said Ashamu.

“Given the ongoing pattern of atrocities in South Sudan, it is a no-brainer that these weapons and munitions will be used to commit and facilitate further serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law.

“The Security Council must roundly condemn any such flows of weapons and impose a comprehensive embargo on all arms transfers to South Sudan,” she added.

Both the US and European Union have already suspended military support to South Sudan in the wake of what it considered crimes against humanity and war crimes committed by the two parties in the conflict.

Meanwhile, the UNSC has expressed concerns over reports that both parties in the South Sudanese conflict were recruiting and acquiring weapons in violation of the 10 June agreement signed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The UNSC said it “stands ready to consider appropriate measures in consultation with countries of the region against those who will not implement the commitment to peace in South Sudan,” Olivier Nduhungirehe, the president of the council for July, said.

The world body further said it was alarmed by increasing levels of violence in the country, urging the warring parties to halt the fighting that displaced nearly 1.5 million civilians.

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  • 18 July 05:47, by George Bol

    Who are these campaign group? to be honest, Becy Machar-the second wife of Riek Machar is playing dangerous game against government of South Sudan. Pls, jobless Nuer abroad that are against the government has form several sites for propaganda, but they will fail trebly.Who will say no to the power of the nation? who is riek plus their food lovers?

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    • 18 July 08:25, by Force 1

      South Sudan has the obligation to defend its territory from external forces and not just from rebels with all kinds of weapons they can purchase from any country. you have to be an idiot if you think South Sudan has no right to purchase any weapon anywhere.

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      • 19 July 05:29, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

        Learn to buy lentils, beans and dhura with which you can save your dying population before you contemplate to buy weapons of destruction to your population. Arrest hunger before the defence of the country. A hungry soldier can not stand or hold the gun effectively. What about your pot-hole roads? Lack of schools, health facilities? Think developmental and stop thinking about destruction.

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    • 18 July 09:09, by Chol Mading

      All of you should really think twice. Whatever gun that you posses whether rebels or Gov. will also end up in other side. Gov will use these guns for the first time but second time will be used against them. This is the fact that we have seem time and time again. In reality, what our sister is doing should be supported by all of us. This is deadly and shouldn’t be allowed. No one will ever win.

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      • 18 July 10:35, by Force 1

        Chol Mading
        If that’s the case; then why worry that the government is getting weapon; if you know the weapons are going to be yours as well? Remember; the whitearmy you relayed on are no longer there and you would very well know where they went. It’s your turn; you need to get out of hiding and fight other than pushing Nuer to die alone!

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  • 18 July 05:49, by Rami Tot

    Kiir Kuethpiny is screwing now because he think he has the national resources and use them against portion of his people without feeling shy as he was slaughtering them in juba but this time it’s not acceptable from UNSC now do you think you will win the war even if you are giving a hates speeches as you did in Bahr elgahzal. The next UN resolution is your indictment to the ICC of crime against hu

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    • 18 July 06:05, by Rami Tot

      To the Chinese government
      how come you dare to kill the owners of the oil and you want to invest it, isn’t that bad habits and lack of humanity devaluing the life of people of independent sovereign state don’t feel shame of that. What about money always given to the government of south sudan for sure it’s not for peaceful aid but funding war.
      China is deeply involved in war and killing people ino

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    • 18 July 06:06, by Chol A.

      That what Ethiopia and Khartoum are doing now against South Sudanese too. Ethiopia it now leading the taiks at thesame time it supplying logistic for rebels too which is more dangerous game than Chiana. If that bias group so call campaign talks against government at UNSC then it will be shame on them and government it not panic of the issues of your bias and baseless information you past to UNSC.

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      • 18 July 06:34, by Gat Gan Kiir

        Arming yourselves to teeth wouldn’t keep Regime in Juba to power. The matter who are the brave men who will face powerful White Army? They captured tanks with light machine guns and spears. The only solutions is for Dinka chief and his likes to quits and go home or else peace will never come to South Sudan soon. Let the war continues.

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        • 18 July 07:02, by Chol A.

          @Gat Gen Riek, your so call white army are now refusing to fight government because they are being mislead to fight but not getting any service they want. So if you aiming to fight on against government than let’s do it but your dream to eliminate Dinka it like your daily praying calling for Jesus down to the earth otherwise your assumption to defeat government forces it far than more than ever

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        • 18 July 07:03, by Chol A.

          @Gat Gen Riek, your so call white army are now refusing to fight government because they are being mislead to fight but not getting any service they want. So if you aiming to fight on against government than let’s do it but your dream to eliminate Dinka it like your daily praying calling for Jesus down to the earth otherwise your assumption to defeat government forces it far than more than ever

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        • 18 July 07:14, by Madina Tonj

          Ito and Gat Gan Nyagat. I don’t think your propaganda will help you guys. Your sister Elizabeth a shame Deng is trying to creating thing which wouldn’t help your defection. I do think most of defectors of Riek Machar had not understood how bad the creation of rebellion is and how much time do you want to defeated government?. The movement take lives and take more times and you will not win that.

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        • 18 July 07:15, by Madina Tonj

          Ito and Gat Gan Nyagat. I don’t think your propaganda will help you guys. Your sister Elizabeth a shame Deng is trying to creating thing which wouldn’t help your defection. I do think most of defectors of Riek Machar had not understood how bad the creation of rebellion is and how much time do you want to defeated government?. The movement take lives and take more times and you will not win that.

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      • 18 July 07:11, by Wicdail

        Chol A,
        Keep misleading your Stupid president. Nonetheless, believe it or not he will pay the ultimate retribution at the end. International powers always seem to care less at the beginning of any crisis particularly in the third world countries, but this doesn’t inevitably led the punitive to go unpunished. Kirr will curse to death those who mislead him when the time to punish him has—

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        • 18 July 07:18, by Wicdail

          comes. I wondering, what sort of human being are you? Gen. Peter Gatdit and the White armed were already captured your Stupid president if not M7. I wouldn’t talk of China. Because this a nation who has never care of human rights even with its own citizens, leave alone the people whom they considered as alien to them. If they find a stupid leadership who doesn’t care of its citizens’ welfare,

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          • 18 July 07:19, by Wicdail

            Coun. why not to do business with them?

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        • 18 July 07:20, by George Bol

          Wicdail,Kim Deng, Midit, etc,

          Why are crying now? are you not taking leadership by force. I have been telling you that never ever step on Salva Kiir tail. Keep crying, its time for you to know badness of nyagatism. Love it!

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        • 18 July 07:24, by Chol A.

          Wicidail calm down and I have to tell you completely absent minded. Who is misleading now? Think of your uncle who mobilise Nuer to fight Kiir government whom we all elected? Even your own son can’t take over while you still alive it unacceptable attitudes. Kiir has to push away in power through votes like what we did to north! But if you come with your greediness then it will not works!

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        • 18 July 07:30, by Madina Tonj

          Wicdail. The International body do care when the crisis is something very generally like Sudan’s civil war but they don’t really pay more attention to problems which you have created by yourself. Almost the politicians around the world knew that, Riek Machar Teny is absolutely a dangerous man, because he had made rebellion in the past which caused 100,000 lives both Nuers and Dinkas again.

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        • 18 July 07:31, by Madina Tonj

          Wicdail. The International body do care when the crisis is something very generally like Sudan’s civil war but they don’t really pay more attention to problems which you have created by yourself. Almost the politicians around the world knew that, Riek Machar Teny is absolutely a dangerous man, because he had made rebellion in the past which caused 100,000 lives both Nuers and Dinkas again.

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          • 18 July 07:47, by Wicdail

            George Bol, Madina Tonj and Chol A,
            How foolish you are guys? I presumed you are internet warriors who have never smell the gun power. We never want to take the leadership. It’s you who unknowingly put you’re your Stupid president into the politically and militarily hot pursuit. If not because you are so ignorance, you could admitted that Kirr is in his last months if not days.

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            • 18 July 07:51, by Wicdail

              If you can’t take the third anniversary as an indicator of you Stupid president’s failure when celebrating it without a single head of states except M7; this meant that we wouldn’t wast our times for responding you. LOOL.

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              • 18 July 09:14, by Madina Tonj

                Mr. Wicda. I think you are singing in your mind. What happened to the first SPLA/SPLM Movement when your uncle Riek Machar give up to Bhsir and later returned to SPLA/SPLM without capturing even Mayom county in Bentiu. Keep dreaming if all Dinkas accepted then, you will see what will happen. During the SPLA war, Dinka have captured most towns and the whole Equatorias regions what did you guys do?

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              • 18 July 09:14, by Madina Tonj

                Mr. Wicda. I think you are singing in your mind. What happened to the first SPLA/SPLM Movement when your uncle Riek Machar give up to Bhsir and later returned to SPLA/SPLM without capturing even Mayom county in Bentiu. Keep dreaming if all Dinkas accepted then, you will see what will happen. During the SPLA war, Dinka have captured most towns and the whole Equatorias regions what did you guys do?

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            • 18 July 08:03, by Wicdail

              CORRECTION: These fools are internet warriors who have never smell guns powder or a sound of gun in actions

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  • 18 July 08:20, by 4Justice

    What does "peace" truly mean to the people trying to bring it about? Karl Marx, the man who gave structure to the modern socialist philosophy, defined the meaning of peace according to the religion of the Marxist ideology:

    "The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism."

    Now you know exactly what the U.N. "peace keepers" are for and what "world peace" truly means to these people. The "peace keepers" are occupation forces for the enforcement of world totalitarian socialist government, and the world army formed for the destruction of any and all opposition to its completion. State Department Memorandum 7277 and Public Law 87-297 codify this.

    You have to understand that the terms used by these people are almost always a metaphor with an esoteric (hidden) meaning embedded within the outward meaning. I this case, "peace" means the absolute suppression of opposition to the desired political ideology.

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