Amnesty International says UN must renew South Sudan arms embargo.

Recent attacks and gun violence related crimes in the country makes South Sudan to still violate the already imposed arms embargo initiated by the U.N Security Council. According to Amnesty International, the United Nations Security Council must renew its arms embargo on the territory of South Sudan amid the state’s failure to ensure accountability for conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) and to protect survivors, witnesses, and judicial actors, Amnesty International said Wednesday in a new report.

The report further said, “If you don’t cooperate, I’ll gun you down”: conflict-related sexual violence and impunity in South Sudan, reveals how CRSV is ongoing in the country, and how guns can be used to facilitate sexual violence. It also reveals how two sections of an action plan that was drafted to address CRSV in the country, adopted by the government in January 2021, are yet to be fully implemented.

Early this month of May, the UN Security Council voted unanimously to maintain its arms embargo on the territory of South Sudan, which it first imposed in 2018, and identified the implementation of the 2021 action plan as one of five benchmarks against which renewal of the arms embargo would be reviewed in May 2022.

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