United States bans export of defence products and services to South Sudan

Casey Dawson
February 4, 2018

The move restricts exports of arms and other equipment to anyone in the country who's involved in the civil war there, which is now going on its fifth year.

While the United States does not conduct arms sales with South Sudan, the move prevents any USA company or citizen from providing military equipment or defense services to the country's warring factions.

In South Sudan's capital Juba, Kiir's spokesperson Ateny Wek Ateny declined to comment.

Humanitarian needs in South Sudan continue to escalate, mainly due to conflict, displacement and food insecurity.

Amnesty International has documented evidence of violations and abuses that have been committed by government and opposition forces with complete impunity, brutality and a disregard for human life.

United States officials under then-President Barack Obama and current President Donald Trump have argued that a United Nations led arms embargo could stem the flow of weapons into South Sudan.

The United States has announced that it was implementing restrictions on the export of defence articles and defence services into South Sudan.

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An anticipated 3.1 million South Sudanese will be refugees by the end of 2018 in six neighbouring countries.

"We encourage IGAD and the African Union to consider sanctions measures against those who undermine the peace process", Nauert said in the statement.

A USA -led resolution to impose additional sanctions and an arms embargo on South Sudan failed at the U.N. Security Council in December 2016. We hope that the leaders of South Sudan will make peace and allow for the country to be rebuilt so that these people can go back whenever they chose to do so. WAR Oil-rich South Sudan has been wrecked by civil war since 2013, when troops loyal to Kiir clashed with troops loyal to then-Vice President Riek Machar. "There are agitators sending negative messages to the social media, to the worldwide community, that Juba is insecure", Michael Makuei Lueth, South Sudan's Minister of Information, told CPJ.

The European Union imposed an arms embargo on Sudan in 1994, which was amended to also apply to South Sudan when the country gained independence from Sudan in 2011.

"Civilians who have suffered ethnically motivated attacks, mass rape and forced displacement over the past five years deserve the support of the worldwide community, which must do everything in its power to bring stability to the world's youngest country".

The number of refugees from South Sudan is expected to hit the three million mark by the end of the year, the United Nations agencies said.

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