from RAJI BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan
KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) – RIGHTS groups are advocating for the imposition of sanctions on rival South Sudanese politicians and army commanders in view of mounting evidence of their responsibility for the deadly conflict.
President Salva Kiir, former Vice President Riek Machar, and ex- army chief of staff, Paul Malong, are among several officials that have been indicted.
The United Nations Security Council, European Union and other states have been urged to impose sanctions.
Rights groups said the Security Council must also impose a comprehensive arms embargo on South Sudan.
Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, said four years into this crisis, gruesome crimes continued with millions displaced and hundreds of thousands facing a man-made famine.
“It’s well past time to send a strong message to those in positions of power that atrocities will come at a price,” Roth said.
More than 300 000 civilians have been killed since the conflict started in December 2013, two years after independence from Sudan.
The civil war ensued as Kiir sacked his deputy Machar, who was accused of plotting a coup.
Almost 2 million people have fled to neighbouring countries. Another 2 million are internally displaced with more than 200 000 still in UN protection sites.
In the last year alone, the spreading conflict and abuses pushed over 700 000 South Sudanese into refugee settlements in northern Uganda, leaving
many areas in the Greater Equatoria region empty.
– CAJ News