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UN Security Council renews sanctions on war-torn S. Sudan


May 9, 2018 (NEW YORK) – A resolution allowing for the renewal of sanctions against South Sudan for another year has been adopted unanimously by the UN Security Council on Tuesday.

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The UN Security Council votes unanimously to impose sanctions on those blocking peace in South Sudan (Photo: UN/Devra Berkowitz)

The sanctions include travel bans and assets freeze against individuals and entities "responsible for or complicit in" threatening peace and stability in the war-torn country.

The 15-member Council also decided to extend the mandate of the Panel of Experts overseeing the sanctions for another 13 months.

The chair of the Security Council Committee on South Sudan, Joanna Wronecka said the crisis in South Sudan was alarming with political leaders from both sides showing no interest to defuse the situation.

Wronecka, referring to the Panel of Experts report, urged the international community to apply more pressure to avoid the South Sudan situation from further deteriorating.

The experts’ committee was established in 2015 to administer the implementation of the sanctions related to South Sudan.

The Security Council in 2015 imposed sanctions on some six South Sudan military leaders on the ground of fuelling the conflict and orchestrating war crimes and crimes against humanity since the start of the war.

“Given that this recommendation was addressed to the Council, the Committee took note of, but no action on it,” said Wronecka.

In 2015, the Security Council imposed sanctions on some six South Sudan military leaders on the ground of fuelling the conflict and orchestrating war crimes and crimes against humanity since the start of the war.

Those sanctioned were the former commander of the Tiger Division, Gen Marial Chanuong, Gen Santino Wol and Gen Jok Riak, from the government side. The opposition group comprised Gen Peter Gatdet, Gen James Koang Chuol and Gen Gatwech Dual.


On Tuesday, however, the sanctions committee also agreed to send letters to the members of the regional bloc (IGAD), reiterating the importance of these states’ obligation to enforce the asset freeze to specifically request bank accounts and assets of designated individuals Chanuong and Riak to be frozen.

Meanwhile, South Sudan’s ambassador to the UN, Akuei Bona Malwal said the report by the Panel of Experts was openly tilted against the young nation’s government.

"While the Panel had visited Juba, it had mainly cited information from interviews conducted with members of the opposition in Nairobi and Kampala. Senior government officials were mentioned repeatedly as hardliners in order to paint the government as an obstacle to peace," said the South Sudanese diplomat.

He added, "One could only deduce that the purpose was to lay the grounds for the justification of international sanctions".

The conflict in South Sudan, now in its fifth year, started after a disagreement within the country’s ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) before civil war broke out in December 2013. Since then, tens of thousands of people have died as a result of the war and nearly 4.3 million have reportedly been driven from their homes.


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  • 9 May 2018 12:51, by Lenin Bull

    Deal with rebellion squarely like a government. It is because of rebellion that foreign bodies are getting chance to undermine South Sudan. President Kiir’s lukewarm approach to rapant rebellion in the country is the very reason why both foreign interference and more rebellion will never end. Speedily crash rebels and thereafter establish law and order and nobody will talk!

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    • 9 May 2018 13:13, by Simon Puok Nyang Tutjiek

      Dinka Kingdom is done politically, Ci rup Thare hoong lo cienyadeng.

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      • 9 May 2018 13:21, by Simon Puok Nyang Tutjiek

        Please inform Ring Lual who illegally occupied my home in Jebel for the last five years without my concert to evacuate my house as soon as possible, he should be aware that Dinka kingdom that they were using for land occupation expired.

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        • 9 May 2018 14:35, by South South

          Simon Puok Nyang Tutjiek,

          I can’t stop laughing at you. Why did you cowardly ran away from your home without putting up a little fight with Ring Lual? You are a big coward, shut up. By the way, this report of UN has nothing new in it.

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          • 9 May 2018 15:56, by Theallseeingeye

            no South South
            Is you is really making us laugh, because of your stupid reasoning, even a dog won’t think of that ya south south klab inta, you want the guy the face the entire mithiang Anyoor by himself in order to defend his house..haha, even Riak with guards, guns and animation fled Juba.

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            • 9 May 2018 19:16, by South South


              You are making laugh very hard my brother.

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              • 9 May 2018 19:18, by South South

                Correction: I mean you are making me laugh very hard my brother.

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        • 9 May 2018 19:15, by Ajuongthii son

          Simon puok,

          You are tribalistic mind set, there is great different between Jieng and regime in Juba, your such characteristics brought us in level we are today.
          Tutjiek or bad bull, let me tell you this, you wouldn,t achieve anything without our contribution.

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  • 9 May 2018 12:56, by Lenin Bull

    It is a pride to be a rebel in South Sudan. But it is a leprosy to be a rebel just starting from our neighbors Uganda, Kenya, Sudan and beyond like in Europe and America. Who disturb Museveni now after quickly crashing LRA/Konyi? Who disturb Bashir in Sudan after dealing with JEM/SLM/A, etc? President Kiir is joking with Republic of South Sudan and the innocent lives being lost daily.

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  • 9 May 2018 13:00, by Lenin Bull

    Anyone who has turned his gun against his country and killed innocent civilians should be dealt with harshly even if it means fighting him for a century! Even after surrendering or signing peace he should face the law of the land and account for his past criminal deeds. No reward with military ranks or political positions in government!

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  • 10 May 2018 09:44, by marial-akol

    simon Puok, you went to school for nothing but I will not blame the system you were brought up in. Nuer tribe cant do anything to jieng history can tells. your(naath) problem is that you don’t ask yourself why people die for one man through out the history. Dhurgon will finish you up. keeps going and you will regret one day.

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