Source: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation |

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the UN Security Council approving Resolution 2428 on sanctions against the Republic of South Sudan

The document was passed by the mandatory minimum of nine votes with six abstentions, including the Russian Federation

On July 13, the UN Security Council approved the US draft resolution, initiated by the US delegation, on introducing an arms embargo against the Republic of South Sudan and personal sanctions with regard to two South Sudanese citizens (a ban on travel and a freeze on assets). The document was…

Source: Amnesty International |

South Sudan: Arms embargo must be strictly enforced

Every day civilians are butchered using lethal arms in full view of the world

Responding to the imposition of an arms embargo on South Sudan by the UN Security Council, Seif Magango, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, said: “The UN Security Council’s much-anticipated vote to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan is a step in…

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    • Women who have survived brutal violence during conflict in South Sudan shared their stories with a visiting delegation headed by UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, 3 July 2018 (UN Photo/Isaac Billy)
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Source: UN Office of the Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict |

Hearing ‘horrific’ testimonies from rape survivors in South Sudan, UN envoy says they yearn only for peace

Since the start of the conflict in South Sudan, widespread and systematic sexual violence has been a pervasive tactic of war and terror, said a high-level United Nations envoy, after visiting the war-torn country and hearing “horrific” testimonies

Pramila Patten, UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence and Conflict, told reporterss that she had been “alarmed to hear about the increasing climate of intimidation” in which civil society organisations work, “including attacks against those providing services to sexual violence survivors.” The world’s youngest country, South Sudan has been wracked…

Source: United Nations (UN) |

Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) Patten visits South Sudan, demands immediate halt to sexual violence

The Government of South Sudan bears the primary responsibility for protecting its people

In South Sudan, since the start of the conflict, sexual violence has been committed on a widespread and systematic scale as a tactic of war and terror. As part of a joint United Nations – African Union solidarity visit, led by Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, I visited the country from…

Source: UN Office of the Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict |

Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict Ms. Pramila Patten visits South Sudan to demand an immediate halt to all forms of sexual violence

The Government of South Sudan bears the primary responsibility for protecting its people

In South Sudan, since the start of the conflict, sexual violence has been committed on a widespread and systematic scale as a tactic of war and terror. As part of a joint United Nations – African Union solidarity visit, led by Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, I visited the country from…

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South Sudan: ‘Horrific acts’ by government may constitute ‘war crimes’ says United Nations, demanding justice

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, called on the Government to halt all attacks against civilians, launch investigations and hold the perpetrators accountable

The UN human rights office, OHCHR, issued a report on Tuesday, noting the “deliberate…and brutally violent” targeting of civilians, particularly women and children, in April and May. According to the report, at least 120 women and girls were raped and those unable to flee were killed as part of a…

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Women vital for ‘new paradigm’ in Africa’s Sahel region, Security Council hears

Nearly two decades ago, the UN Security Council adopted a landmark resolution that has placed the issue of women, peace and security on the global agenda

Making the case was UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, fresh from a mission to South Sudan, Chad and Niger; all countries where women and children are paying what she called the “stark cost” of conflict. For Bineta Diop, the AU Special Envoy for Women, Peace and Security, the mission highlighted…

Source: United Nations - Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General |

UN Deputy Secretary-General's remarks to Security Council on Women, Peace and Security in the Sahel

We heard a universal and increasingly frustrated call by women for greater inclusion, representation and participation in all areas of society

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen Let me begin by thanking the President of the Security Council for convening this meeting on women, peace and security in the Sahel, as well as for Sweden’s leadership on this issue during the country’s time in the Security Council. Yesterday I returned from a joint…

Source: United Nations (UN) |

United Nations demands justice for civilians deliberately and ruthlessly targeted in attacks in South Sudan

Civilians were targeted, with the elderly, people with disabilities and very young children killed in horrific acts of violence

UN Human Rights monitors have documented what appear to be deliberate, ruthless and brutally violent attacks on civilians, particularly against women and children, by Government and aligned forces, as well as armed youth in parts of Unity State in South Sudan. A report issued Tuesday documents acts that constitute gross…

Source: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) |

Three in four children born in South Sudan since independence have known nothing but war – UNICEF

Malnutrition rates are at critical levels. More than 1 million children are malnourished, including 300,000 severely so and at risk of death

Out of 3.4 million babies born in South Sudan since it became the world’s youngest country in 2011, 2.6 million have been born in war, UNICEF said on the eve of South Sudan’s independence. Conflict and underdevelopment have plagued South Sudan for decades, leaving its children out of school, malnourished…