UN Renews South Sudan Arms Embargo, Juba Protests

South Sudan's unity government says the United Nations Security Council's decision to renew the arms embargo and targeted sanctions will jeopardise the progress of the 2018 revitalized peace agreement. In April this year, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said the Security Council could only lift sanctions on South Sudan when the 2018 peace agreement was fully implemented. In May 2021, the UN Security Council approved a resolution extending an arms embargo and sanctions against South Sudan for one year. The Council first placed  an arms embargo on South Sudan in 2018.

Human Rights Watch says attacks on  civilians and aid workers in South Sudan are rising. The rights group said that over the last year, the UN has repeatedly recorded an increase in violence at the community level in Jonglei and Greater Pibor, Warrap, and northern Bahr el Ghazal states. Here the violence has become more lethal and organised, as political players deliberately fuel underlying grievances and arm communities. This violence has had a devastating impact on civilians, with hundreds killed or maimed and thousands displaced.


Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Horn of Africa, left, and Jean-Pierre Lacroix, right, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, at a 2020 briefing to the UN Security Council on Sudan and South Sudan and the situation in Abyei.

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