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UN panel of experts recommend an arms embargo on S. Sudan


August 26, 2015 (JUBA) - The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) should impose a ban on the supply or transfer to South Sudan from or through territories or by nationals of all UN member states, a team of experts from the wold body said in a new report.

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Arms and light weapons have been used by both warring parties in South Sudan to commit abuses (Photo courtesy of SSANSA)

The ban will prevent UN member states from using vessels or aircraft to transport weapons, ammunitions and other related materials to the young nation.

According to the UN panel of experts, a major Chinese state-owned arms supplier sold more than $20 million of weapons to South Sudan’s government last year, several months into the country’s deadly internal conflict.

The 55-page report, says China’s Norinco, sold South Sudan’s government 100 anti-tank guided missile launchers, 1,200 missiles, about 2,400 grenade launchers, nearly 10,000 automatic rifles and 24 million rounds of various types of ammunition.

The report also says South Sudan’s military has somehow obtained four attack helicopters since the start of the conflict. It had none before then.

South Sudan has been at war since December 2013, when a split within the security forces escalated into a violent rebellion led by Riek Machar. Kiir’s ethnic Dinka people are pitted against Machar’s Nuer, and the ethnic nature of the violence has alarmed the international community.

The UN Security Council was reportedly considering a US drafted resolution that would impose an arms embargo on South Sudan had it’s government not signed a peace deal on Wednesday.

The panel of experts report also echoes previous UN reports of young girls being raped and burned alive in their homes.

It says both sides in the conflict between government forces and rebels have targeted civilians, saying that since April, "the intensity and brutality of the violence aimed at civilians are hitherto unseen, in what has already been, without a doubt, an exceedingly violent conflict."

Tens of thousands of people have been killed. More than 1.6 million people have been displaced. And oil-rich South Sudan’s public debt has climbed from zero at its independence in 2011 to $4.2 billion as of June, 55-page report highlights.

The panel of experts report says it has started to investigate "the financing channels used by the government and the opposition to prosecute the war and into those individuals and entities who gain financially from the continuation of the conflict."

In July this year, the Security Council imposed sanctions on six South Sudanese generals for fueling the conflict in the world’s youngest nation.


Meanwhile, the South Sudanese army is using Israeli weapons to fight its civil war, the UN said.

According to the UN report, evidence showed the South Sudanese military using the Ace, an advanced version of an assault rifle reportedly produced by Israel Weapon Industries.

The civil war in South Sudan has gone on for 18 months amid allegations of human rights violations, including the use of child soldiers. According to the report, all branches of South Sudan’s security forces are using the Ace, in its battle against local rebels.

A previous UN report had accused the two warring sides in the South Sudanese conflict of committing human rights violations, mainly in the oil-rich Unity state of the country.

Data on Israeli arms sales to Africa reportedly increased dramatically in the years after South Sudan’s independence. In 2009, The Times of Israel reported, Israel sold just $71 million worth of weapons to the continent. In 2013, that number is said to have more than tripled to $223 million, and it reached $318 million last year.


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  • 27 August 2015 13:30, by Augustino

    Laws have no borders, its good to apply the law that is not bias, UN is bias it was UN and US that Push Riek because of their interest in OIL only not trusting Riek at all but only to use his weak thinking to destabilise his country. Government of South Sudan should take side with Russia and China though they did not help for the independent of the country but are better than US, UK and UN who hel

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  • 27 August 2015 13:50, by Eastern

    Arms embargo on South Sudan without invalidating the joint military corporation between South Sudan and Uganda will render the proposed. Embargo useless because Uganda will continue to buy and supply arms to South Sudan!

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    • 27 August 2015 14:06, by Panda Odhie

      US and UN have their hiding agenda on South Sudan ,there is no need for arm embargo never ever, this US and UN NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!. The interest of US in our oil is purely reveal now, and that why thousand die b’cuse of oil not given to Americans

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    • 27 August 2015 16:59, by Hardlinner

      Eastern, you are not nationalist. You leave south sudan and become slave somewhere in other nations. We have alot of enemy that want to grab our land because of our weak army. Any one that support the arm embargo in south sudan is worst than bashir. We want our army to be fully equip with all types of weapons necessitate for depending and deterring unfriendly countries.

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  • 27 August 2015 13:54, by Eastern

    Chinese are the evil friends of South Sudan. They don’t support those affected by the war by way of providing them with food and shelter instead they are selling arms to South Sudanese to kill themselves in a quicker way! Let the arm embargo render the two attack helicopter useless when spare parts become unavailable.

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    • 27 August 2015 17:08, by Hardlinner

      Eastern please leave south sudan alone. Not even nuer rebels will agree with you. This is national thing. It as nothing to do with kiir or riek but our sovereignty state. Kiir accepted peace not because of any threat from rebels but to give peace a chance. China can sell you weapons and any civilians industries, some thing america or west can never do. Fuck their UN aides.

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  • 27 August 2015 14:42, by Akuma

    South Sudan is sovereign state with right to obtain any weapon to defend its sovereignty from foreign aggression otherwise Sudan has a problems with outsiders or UN want to imposed South Sudan under their UN Trusteeship


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  • 27 August 2015 16:50, by Hardlinner

    I’m now beginning to question the neutrality of UN and it security forces.Government have accepted peace and now they calling for arm embargo. South sudan government should reconsider cooperating with this western virus named UN. We just had enogh of them meddling on our affairs. South sudan has every right to buy any weapon they want includin nuclear weapons. We are not subjects to any nation.

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    • 27 August 2015 16:59, by Eastern


      Remember there are very few countries that may try to be that independent of America. Look at what is happening to Iran, is South Sudan anywhere closer to South Sudan. Iran with all its industrial growth is not allowed to own nuclear technology. S. Africa, India and other countries have those technologies. U.S. wants to stop more deaths in S. Sudan hence the need for arms embargo!

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      • 27 August 2015 17:18, by Hardlinner

        Eastern, what do think is the reason why sudan won’t let go of abyei and kingi?. What do you think was the reason why sudan let go of aliap triangle located between sudan and Egypt? ?. The arm capability was the reason behind what is mentioned.
        It is matter of time before america looses power to china. USA is evil state built on greed and stealing of other nations wealth.

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        • 27 August 2015 19:21, by Mayok

          I know you enjoy the death of thousands of South Sudanese, whom been slaughter by your mighty, Lord kiir. We know you full supporter of your lordship kiir to keep you and your family in payroll. You are absolutely worthless, then animals and bugs. South Sudan is belong to every single tribe in South Sudan. Goss, buying guns to abducted and murdering, civilian, and looting their propertie

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          • 27 August 2015 19:50, by Mayok

            Continue; How do you call this? Good government? I guess not, because government, protect and develop their respective country, and interesting to its people first. The country has been sold out, only for personal interest why? That’s not a reason we liberated from north.

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  • 28 August 2015 00:50, by Eyez

    The world knows that, Kirr’s government is not interested in a lasting peace, regardless of Juba signing the over due document. So it is only fair to put in place mechanisms that will curb any monkey business that Kirr, Malong and the JCE are conspiring against the peace implementation. The only people complaining about arms embargo are the Jienge with their primitive militias.

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  • 28 August 2015 06:38, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    South Sudan has militarized itself since before outbreak of #Riek Machar, mutiny in 2013.
    #Garang and #Kiir, have already stabilized the country militarily. Leave not because of the boy named #Riek.

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