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June 11, 2015

NGOs urge Widening of Targeted Sanctions on Individuals in South Sudan

Humanity United joined the Enough Project, Human Rights Watch, United to End Genocide, American Jewish World Service, and the National Association of Evangelicals in calling for the imposition of targeted sanctions against more individuals in South Sudan responsible for serious human rights and humanitarian law violations.

In response to escalation in violence, the U.S. should take the lead in making additional sanctions designations against persons who have demonstrated a blatant disregard for civilian life and the suffering of their own people.

In a letter to National Security Advisor Susan Rice and Secretary of State John Kerry the groups call on the U.S. government to take the following three actions:

1. Impose a new round of designations against those responsible for serious violations and request the Treasury Department prioritize evidence collection on South Sudanese targets.

2. Push for complementary sanctions designations at the UN Security Council, including an arms embargo to prevent weapons and ammunition being used by the warring parties to further more abuses.

3. Call on other states to impose their own targeted sanctions regimes.

Read the letter’s full text here.

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