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South Sudan’s Kiir, Machar should face sanctions: UN experts


January 26, 2016 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir and the armed opposition (SPLM-IO) leader, Riek Machar should face sanctions since they control forces that have committed atrocities against innocent civilians, a United Nations panel of experts said in a report issued Monday.

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South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, and rebel leader Riek Machar signed a peace deal in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on 9 May 2014 aimed at resolving conflict in the country peacefully (Photo: Reuters)

According to the report, troops loyal to the two rival leaders, despite a peace agreement reached in August last year, committed human rights violations in form of sexual violence, torture and extrajudicial killings in the world’s youngest nation.

Tens of thousands of people were killed and nearly two million displaced since violence broke out in the young nation in mid-December 2013 following disagreement within the ruling party’s (SPLM) top leadership.

"There is clear and convincing evidence that the majority of acts of violence committed in the course of the war has been directed by or undertaken with the knowledge of senior individuals at the highest levels of government and within the opposition," observed the UN panel’s report.

Both sides, it said, have continued to seek to arm their forces, even after the signing of the August 2015 agreement and in the face of considerable economic stress.

“The impact of the continued influx of arms has been devastating to the civilian population and to the overall security situation in South Sudan...” it said, while also calling for an arms embargo on the conflict-ridden country.

The report, which documents series of military events in Unity, Upper Nile, Western Equatoria and Jonglei states, further claimed the over 20 months-old conflict was reduced into a tribal affair by those seeking political gains.

The armed opposition faction, for instance, received ammunition and arms from neighboring Sudan at the height of the conflict, the UN report said.

John Prendergast of Enough Project, said, “It is critical that the Experts Group established command and control responsibility for mass atrocities all the way to the very top of both the government and rebel militaries”.

The UN Security Council, he argued, should act on that evidence by holding accountable those leaders on both sides responsible for mass atrocities.

“Without accountability, the current peace process is doomed to implode under the weight of impunity for both human rights abuses and mass corruption,” added Prendergast.

The UN Security Council has repeatedly threatened sanctions against those blocking the peace process in South Sudan, but this is yet to be effected in reality.


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  • 26 January 2016 08:37, by Son of Ngundeng

    If they fail to implemented the peace, let them face the sanctions,
    :Son of prophet
    :currently in IO HQs.

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    • 26 January 2016 08:47, by Big Head

      Great News!

      Let all of them face sanction if they can’t implement peace, ket Riek drop his stand of refusing 28 states or otherwise he face sanction in foreign capitals

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      • 26 January 2016 09:15, by padiit gaga

        Great news

        Let Slave Kirr face sanctions b/c he add 28 states that was not in peace when it was sign he violent the peace now he tied his rope on his neck.

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        • 26 January 2016 12:59, by Mi diit

          United Nudes (UN) is not serious at all. What do they think about the 28 of Kiir which is not in the peace agreement?

          Why do they allow their member states to sell weapons to Kiir’s Mathiang Anyoor to continue with the war?

          What do they say about fabricated military coup of Kiir which caused the war?

          Are they serious?

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          • 26 January 2016 13:44, by Force 1

            The UN don’t make rules in South Sudan; the people does. If you think you are going to be the puppets of UN and stay safe in South Sudan; well I wish you all the best.

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          • 26 January 2016 13:57, by Force 1

            If you guys believe that the UN is out in South Sudan to peace and stability; then you must be delusional. UN profit from instability and war. Who are the people UN going to put in charge that will make you happy? If wish you good luck if you think this country is going to be run by UN!

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        • 26 January 2016 18:12, by Force 1

          Guys read between the lines of the headline; it’s just a personal opinion. The headline reads "South Sudan’s Kiir, Machar should face sanctions: UN experts"! Well; the so called UN experts need to go and run or sanctions their own countries but not South Sudan. South Sudanese who think that they are not running the country and therefore the UN should ran the country; well good luck to them.

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    • 26 January 2016 20:52, by dinkdong

      "South Sudan’s Kiir, Machar should face sanctions: UN experts." Great! That’s what I have been longing all along.

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  • 26 January 2016 09:12, by KEAT BAYAk

    Though Kiir and Machar are being sanctions, still peace will not be achieve in anyway. Kiir as a president is not the obstacle of the peace implementation but the Jieng Council of Elders and some wrong element who are giving wrong advises to the president that is my own analysis. But what I know so far, there is time for every things. When God says, it is time no one will say no regardless of what

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  • 26 January 2016 09:17, by Eastern

    ...Sanctions wont revive the economy which is nosediving; it will worsen the conditions of the already poor ordinary citizens who will bear the full brunt of the armed actors. UN needs to take over the country under an international trusteeship and administer it for a decade!

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    • 26 January 2016 09:36, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      whoever refuse to own their states must decide where to go to, we are seriously tired of Nuer constant rebellions. the union is over. it time for them go wherever they choose to go,together with their lands.

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      • 26 January 2016 16:44, by marie

        That’s a good suggestion. The three former regions of Southern Sudan; Equatoria, Bahr El Ghazal and Upper Nile should become independent entities. When that happens, that would be the time real peace would come to that part of the world instead of hording these different nationalities in this one country South Sudan.

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    • 26 January 2016 09:39, by Khent


      The proposed ’sanctions’ would only impact these two individuals, not the country at large. It wouldn’t be any different to the measures that were taken against ’Generals’ on both sides not too long ago, so there’s no need to fret.

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      • 26 January 2016 09:52, by Eastern


        Unlike the current sanctions against generals from both divides, a bunch of sanctions against Kiir and Riek would be redirected by their lieutenants on the unarmed civilians in their respective jurisdictions by way of restricting access to aide agencies, arbitrary arrests of persons perceived to working for the West, etc just to vent their frustrations and bloat their egos.

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        • 26 January 2016 13:52, by Khent


          I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if those idiots did something as incredibly irresponsible, self-centered and callous as that. There is after all a precedent for it. I really don’t know how African ’leaders’ sleep at night in light of all their terrible failures and malfeasance.

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    • 26 January 2016 15:36, by Hardlinner

      eastern. what did UN do when NIF was killing people in south sudan by millions. i have never seen a single UN force fighting alone side SPLA to liberate south sudan. Eastern, if indeed you like to be under rule of UN, just call them to rule at your own house not south sudan.

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  • 26 January 2016 10:17, by Thondet Manyang

    No sanctions for both Kiir and Riek, they are our leaders and we don’t want shame in our country like what happens to Charles Tailor of Sierra Leone. We developed them so we need them lead South Sudan they created. Sanctions will not bring peace but wars/killings since the language of Nuers/Dinkas other tribes won bring political changes to S. Sudam. But we are both (Nuer,Dinka others the victims.

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  • 26 January 2016 10:32, by Thondet Manyang

    Mi diit,
    If we need political changes in our country, stop tribal comments since not everyone is satified with current government/Rebellion and not all Dinkas/Nuers are happy with those system. Although others celebrate the victory, I am completely not part of them. What is needed should be one voice of poolitical change from South Sudaness(all citizens/Tribes. You are almost premature in comment.

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    • 26 January 2016 15:46, by Hardlinner

      all south sudan need to stop supporting kiir and Riek whether through their greed for power or through rebellion. mi diit also need to know that like he hate Kiir, there are equally people that hate riek. therefore the only option is to cut support on two leaders. mi diit should know that when he stop attacking his adversaries, the same will also apply to him.

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  • 26 January 2016 19:10, by Kalo

    UN are just useless organization,the can,t solve any problem in the world,the need to be changed like league of nations in 1945.

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  • 26 January 2016 20:31, by marie

    If it wasn’t for UN, I am do not think you would be rattling your mouth now. Remember, it was UN that fed the SPLA during the liberation war. Give credit where it is due.

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    • 26 January 2016 21:25, by Kalo

      Marie,UN did,t feed Nuba people Idiot

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      • 26 January 2016 22:44, by marie

        Just remember how you used to look up for the UN planes to bring relief and now you dare open your mouth to insult UN. It is like somebody who is offered food in a plate and turns around to defecate in the plate to give to the owner. Pathetic people that need soul searching with themselves.

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        • 27 January 2016 07:42, by Kalo

          Idiot Marie!!we don,t need food from UN,we need UN to stop War in Sudan and South Sudan,how many 1000s killed in SS,B.Nile,Darfur and Nuba Mts and the could not intervene immediately to stop war,now there are in discriminate bombardment,raping in Jebel Mara where were UN?UNMAD could not reached there even report coz fear of government.if you are for food sorry!

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          • 27 January 2016 16:20, by marie

            Who are causing all these chaos in South Sudan, it is people like you and you try to lay the blame on UN. UN is a mediator but not to side with one group against the other.

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  • 26 January 2016 20:47, by Bentiu Sudan

    UN experts,

    You could face sanction too for being bias and failing to condemn Kiir who committed untold crimes in South Sudan. Kiir killed hundred of thousand in the watchful of so call UN experts and you UN experts fail miserably to condemn Kiir.

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