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Rights body urges U.S to reconsider S. Sudan sanctions


September 7, 2017 ( KAMPALA) – The International Youth for Africa (IYA), a non-governmental entity, has called on the United States government to reconsider the recent sanctions it imposed on South Sudanese officials as a mechanism to end the conflict in the East African nation.

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IYA’s executive director, Ter Manyang Gatwech, said the sanctions on these individuals will not stop the on-going war from escalating.

“Sanctions on individuals will create less impact in South Sudan. If it is individuals’ sanctions, let the US government consider sanctioning the East African countries because South Sudanese generals and officials have assistance to provide to their nations,” said Gatwech.

The US administration has imposed sanctions on two senior members of South Sudan government, including the former army chief of staff.

The sanctions, the US Treasury Department said, involves freezing all assets belonging to those South Sudanese officials implicated.

Gatwech, however, said the sanctions imposed will never improve the conflict situation in the war-torn nation, where tens thousands of people have been killed and over two million displaced from homes.

In July 2015, the UN Security Council imposed sanctions on six South Sudanese generals accused of fuelling conflict in the world’s youngest nation. The generals, three from each side of the conflict, were meant to face global travel bans and asset freezes.

In November 2016, the United States demanded the United Nations Security Council to impose sanctions on the then SPLA chief of staff Paul Malong and Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth for hampering the peace process in South Sudan. The former First Vice President and SPLM-IO leader Riek Machar was also on the proposed list.

South Sudan’s civil war, now in its four-year, has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced more than two million people.


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  • 8 September 2017 15:21, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    The sanction is a step in the right directions. One by one makes a bundle. There is no doubt USA would not hesitate to make a big one to the country. No one who is peace loving should oppose this action. There is nothing called international youth for Africa. What we have is masqueraders claiming good work for nothing.

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    • 8 September 2017 15:47, by jubaone

      Either Ter Manyang Gatwech is for the devils or for the saints. You cant be both. This is the apex of nyagatism and moral bigotry. Just stupid. Eat your stolen monies quitely and shut up. Let US just do what it deems right.

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      • 8 September 2017 17:16, by Kuch

        we have been telling you fools, this is what your Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, the UNIMISS, the US, the UK, their UN & some of their creeps in between did to in our country: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Young_African_Leaders_Initiative
        Mr. Jubaone, a lot of you Riek Machar fools including the LRA were the ones that were used to toy around>>>

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        • 8 September 2017 17:32, by jubaone


          What exactly are you upto? Seems your shit has hit the fan so that you attack everyone regardless of position. I fail to understand you. You dont belong to any camp at all. You are neither a kiirminal supporter nor do you stand for Riak. Both may be devils, so what do you do for SS?????

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