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Russia, Angola block UN sanction on S. Sudan’s Malong and Olony, as NGOs condemn


September 15, 2015 (NEW YORK) – International human rights groups have condemned the action by Russia and Angola which blocked a draft proposal by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to impose targeted sanctions on South Sudanese military from the two warring parties.

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General Paul Malong Awan (ST photo)

The UN draft resolution would slap sanctions on South Sudan army’s chief of general staff, General Paul Malong Awan, and the rebel top commander in the oil-rich Upper Nile state, Major General Johnson Olony for allegedly not respecting the ceasefire and continuing with the war.

The US-drafted sanctions tabled before the Security Council on Tuesday urged to impose a global travel ban and assets freeze on the two senior rival army commanders in a series of other targeted sanctions expected to follow against individual political and military leaders in South Sudan.

While 13 out of the 15 members of the UN Security Council were in favour of imposing the sanctions, Russia and Angola blocked the document, citing more time to further study it.

South Sudanese foreign minister was last week in Moscow where he urged Russia together with his Sudanese counterpart to oppose any sanctions on his government.

In a joint statement to the United Nations issued on Tuesday, Enough Project, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International condemned the move by the two communist nations, saying individuals who have committed crimes under international law and serious violations of human rights in South Sudan should not be spared.

The trio called on the United Nations to also impose a “comprehensive” arms embargo on South Sudan in order to limit their capacity to fight without incoming weapons and ammunitions and therefore frustrate their quest for more violence and war.

“As you know, although South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and armed opposition leader Dr. Riek Machar signed a binding agreement to end the conflict in their country, fighting has continued in Unity and Upper Nile states. As our organizations have documented in detail, the 21-month conflict in South Sudan has been characterized by war crimes and other acts that may also amount to crimes against humanity, and it has clearly been fuelled by impunity,” partly reads the statement.

“Given the high probability of continuing serious abuses against civilians as part of the ongoing fighting, we urge you to impose a comprehensive arms embargo,” it says.

They stressed the importance of punishing those responsible for human rights abuses and war crimes in South Sudan so as to enforce accountability and avoid impunity.

"It is imperative that continued human rights abuses and ceasefire violations in South Sudan be met with real consequences from the international community. Decisions are being made on both the government and rebel side to undermine the implementation of the peace deal. If there is no cost for that intransigence and for the human rights crimes that result, then we can expect the war to continue, business as usual," warned John Prendergast, founding director of the Enough Project.

Analysts however say the blocking of the draft by Russia and Angola may not be the end of the story as other 13 members of the Council will keep pushing for its final endorsement, or individual countries such as US, UK, China, France, Germany, etc., and organizations such as the European Union, etc., who have more diplomatic leverage and international influence than Russia may unilaterally impose the sanctions on the two commanders.

Since the conflict began in December 2013, fighting and abuses have forced over 2 million people to flee their homes and thousands of civilians have been killed, often targeted because of their ethnicity or perceived political allegiance.

“The likelihood of further attacks on civilians in South Sudan remains high. A well-monitored arms embargo can reduce the flow and entry of weapons and military equipment into the country that could be used to commit further crimes against civilians,” recommends the statement.


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  • 16 September 2015 08:04, by Mi diit

    History indicates that Russia only knows the work of a mafia. They have no political, economic or diplomatic influence in East Africa, Europe, Asia and America.

    A friendship between Juba and Moscow is a last resort of a dying horse.

    Poor Russia will soon change its mind and allow Kiir to sink.

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    • 16 September 2015 08:59, by Redeemer

      Malong Awan the son of the Fox is a real Fox, he always fight to win not like a Nyamnyam man who form dead revolutions from time to time.

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    • 16 September 2015 09:16, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Many thanks to Russia and Angola for attempt

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    • 17 September 2015 05:19, by Khent

      You’re a clown. Russia is a country of great significance and is one of only 5 countries that is a permanent member of the security council; it is a world leader in electronic warfare and has a conventional military force that can sink all 12 of America’s supercarriers within 48 hours. Russia has a great deal of influence in Central Asia, especially with the former Soviet Republics...

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      • 17 September 2015 05:27, by Khent

        ..It provides Europe with virtually all its gas supplies. Russia has always had great relations with Latin American countries and has increased its link with Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Argentina and many others. These countries have recently all become anti-American and are now closer to Russia than the United States. You’re an idiot, Mi Diit.

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  • 16 September 2015 08:30, by paliau

    Russia act is unimperative to south sudanese citizen, this so illiterate malong awan is uncivilizee man since and forever, i mean to say that malong is instigater of country hazard, he recruited mathiang anyar with out a cknowledge of legislative assembly, he is right man to sanction

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  • 16 September 2015 09:18, by Big Head

    Well done Russia and Angola...those enemies of peace wanted to create more wars against ourselves.

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  • 16 September 2015 09:50, by Redeemer

    What I know so far, Riek will seek asylum in Khartoum because he always run to Bashir for help and Bashir keeps on kicking his ass and use another Nuer when he sees the man to be toothless or vision less, it is now the second time that Bashir prefer to work with uneducated Nuer compared to Dr. of no doctrine

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    • 16 September 2015 09:52, by Redeemer

      Malong is a loving man, you see he uses purple which is symbol of love

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      • 16 September 2015 10:04, by Eastern

        No wonder he has a kraal of wives!

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      • 16 September 2015 16:49, by jubaone


        That is jienge interpretation of colors. Then tell us what purple is in your jieng language. The days will soon be over when half-idiots and illiterates will be relegated to fetching us water and leave intellectual work to Drs. like Machar. He should go to his luak and look after his 50 wives and 110 children. All his???

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  • 16 September 2015 10:05, by American Missile.

    Russia and Angola block UN sanction on South Sudan,congratulations for the great job well done.South Sudan have been sold by the Former Detainee and Rebel Leaders, Dr Riak Machar to USA and Sudan for reunifying SUDAN with the South again which we could not agreed on with the foreign invades or colonial again.

    Yes, the peace have been recently signed, what is wrong again that has left.

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  • 16 September 2015 14:20, by Rami Tot

    Rusia is country killing innocents people of other countries due to it dirty politics, look at the syria now when Rusia veto the UNSC vote of sanction on syria government and supporting the mafia government in damuscus

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  • 16 September 2015 14:38, by Big Head

    what happened to Iraq and Libya after America’s right policy was allows by UNSC...please don’t be naive about international politic, Americans are one behind the killings in Syria but Russia are one helping the innocent civillians.

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  • 16 September 2015 18:34, by Maper

    I thought the rebels would also appreciate Russia, Angola and Venezuela because that veto also saved their commander, Johnson Olony, from being sanctioned. Does this mean Dr Riek Machar sacrifices his generals for his own personal benefits?

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