Amnesty alerts UN Security Council not to lift South Sudan arms embargo

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Amnesty International has warned UN Security Council not to lift the South Sudan embargo next week, May 27th.

Security Council is anticipated to sit next week to review South Sudan’s status on implementing the Revitalized Peace Agreement.

Amnesty issued a warning statement ahead of the meeting, cautioning the Security Council to observe a range of human rights benchmarks are met before the embargo can be lifted.

The document cited that areas include crimes under international law, reform of the National Security Service (NSS), and the establishment of a Hybrid Court to ensure accountability should be put into consideration.

Impunity, accountability, and human rights abuses were a specific alarming battle for Amnesty international.

They said, “when the Security Council assesses keeping or lifting the arms embargo on South Sudan, it must, at a minimum, set the bar at halting these violations and ending impunity.

“Impunity in South Sudan has created a culture where the burning of entire villages, raping of young girls and boys, using forced starvation as a method of warfare, shooting civilians and other war crimes and crimes against humanity go unpunished.”

Activists’ demand for the perpetrators of crimes committed will be brought to justice, establishing an impartial, independent, and effective Hybrid Court and other transitional justice mechanisms as an additional benchmark.

South Sudanese political analyst Abraham Kuol embraced Amnesty international call saying that UN Security Council should keep the army embargo on hold until unified forces in the Unity government graduation are accomplished.

Despite the small implementation of the peace agreement, the signatory to the deal did less about the security arrangement in the Chapter of the contract.

Abraham commended the unified army should do any ammunition procurement because unintegrated forces will use the loopholes to purchase weapons differently to risk peaceful political settlement.

Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes Sarah Jackson, defied that South Sudan’s hard-won independence ten years ago has sadly not resulted in respect for human rights.

State security forces repress freedom of expression, including media freedoms, and both state security forces and armed groups continue to violate international humanitarian law that is amounting to war crimes.

The Unity government repeated calls for lifting arms embargo UN-imposed cited its delay gradation of unifying the forces.

A week ago, the Minister of Defense and Veteran Affairs, Angelina Teny, has declared to graduate Joint security forces on May 31st.

Several reports in dedicated that soldiers are deserting training centers and cantonment sites.

The defense minister said the Security Council demanded the Unity government implement the graduation of forces, the reunification of commands, and redeployment of unified forces before considering lifting the armed embargo.

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