South Sudan Sanctions and Sanctions Threats

This timeline tracks the history of violence in South Sudan’s year and a half long civil war, as well as sanctions threats made by diplomats, special envoys, members of Congress, the President of the United States, and the United Nations. Despite the presence of gross human rights violations, there has been little accountability by South Sudan’s leaders, both in government and in the opposition.

2014-03-21 13:59:16

Donald Booth, US special envoy to South Sudan

"If the government or any other actor tries to undermine the peace process and rebuff (reject) the IGAD heads of state, they will face consequences."

2014-04-03 13:59:16

President Barack Obama: Executive Order 13664

"Those who threaten the peace, security, or stability of South Sudan, obstruct the peace process, target U.N. peacekeepers, or are responsible for human rights abuses and atrocities will not have a friend in the United States and run the risk of sanctions"

2014-04-14 13:59:16

Donald Booth, US special envoy to South Sudan

"As I have continually warned, for those who continue to obstruct the peace process, we will take action"

2014-04-17 13:59:16

Armed mob under guise of peaceful protest attacks UN in South Sudan

"A mob of armed civilians pretending to be peaceful protesters delivering a petition to the United Nations in South Sudan forced their way into a U.N. base sheltering some 5,000 civilians on Thursday and opened fire."

2014-04-21 13:59:16

Hundreds of civilians killed in South Sudan ethnic massacre

"Rebels slaughtered hundreds of civilians when they seized the South Sudan oil hub of Bentiu, hunting down men, women and children who had sought refuge in a hospital, mosque and Catholic church."

2014-04-23 13:59:16

Samantha Power, US Ambassador to the UN

"For the sake of the people of South Sudan, international community must sanction political spoilers and those who target civilians."

2014-04-25 07:12:04

Jen Psaki, Department of State spokesperson

"Obviously the violence on the ground and the targeted violence we’ve seen has raised significant concern here, and hence we’re actively considering sanctions."

2014-04-28 13:59:16

John Kerry, Secretary of State

"We're going to continue to push. But it may be that sanctions are one of the things that have to take impact. We're evaluating that now,"

2014-05-01 19:57:04

John Kerry, Secretary of State

"Those who are responsible for targeted killings based on ethnicity or nationality have to be brought to justice, and we are actively considering sanctions against those who commit human rights violations and obstruct humanitarian assistance"

2014-05-02 19:57:04

Samantha Power, US Ambassador to the UN

“This Council should consider urgently whether to put in place parallel targeted Security Council sanctions so as to try to deter the outrageous attacks on civilians of the kind we saw in Bor and Bentiu last month.”

South Sudan Sanctions and Sanctions Threats

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