Category Archives: South Sudan

UK, UAE and Ukraine involved in illegal arms deliveries to South Sudan

The Amnesty International human rights organization has found evidence that UK, UAE and Ukraine are involved in illegal arms deliveries to South Sudan, the organization’s Ukrainian department said on Facebook.

The report documents a complex multi-million dollar arms deal involving entities in the UK, Ukraine and the United Arab Emirates. While outlining the obligations of Ukraine and UAE to prevent irresponsible arms transfers, the report focuses on the role of a UK ‘front’ or ‘shell’ company, whose name was found on contract documents and an end user certificate. Any involvement of a UK-registered company in arms transfers to South Sudan would be in breach of the EU arms embargo on South Sudan, as well the Arms Trade Treaty, UK domestic law and stated UK policy on South Sudan.

In East Darfur, UN refugee chief urges international support for Sudan

The United Nations refugee chief has called for international solidarity and resources to aid Sudan, which is one of the major hosting countries for refugees fleeing the conflict in South Sudan.

“Sudan’s generosity must be matched with international solidarity and resources. Much more donor support is required – and urgently – so that we can help the hundreds of thousands of refugees in the country and the communities that are hosting them,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, said yesterday wrapping up his first visit as the head of UNHCR to Sudan.

South Sudan: Spiralling Strife

South Sudan, the world’s youngest country, gained independence on 9 July 2011 following decades of war, lengthy negotiations and a referendum to secede from Sudan. But the jubilation over this new-found freedom was fleeting, and internal strife has marred much of its short life as an independent state. An armed conflict that erupted in December 2013 still rages on today, and has proved devastating for millions of civilians. 

China | UN Security Council renews sanctions on South Sudan

The UN Security Council on Tuesday renewed sanctions on South Sudan for another year to support the implementation of a peace agreement in the country.

In a unanimously adopted resolution, the 15-nation council decided to renew the travel bans and asset freezes imposed on individuals obstructing the peace deal and meanwhile extend the mandate of the panel of experts who monitor the sanctions for 13 months.

Unprecedented food crisis looms over strife-torn South Sudan, UN agencies warn

8 February 2016 – South Sudan faces unprecedented levels of food insecurity, with 2.8 million people, nearly 25 per cent of the population, in urgent need of aid, at least 40,000 of them on the brink of catastrophe, at a time when the war-torn country is traditionally most food secure, United Nations agencies warned today.