The EU has added 3 people to its sanctions on South Sudan, which target people who threaten its peace, security, stability, or political process. These are unilateral EU listings and not implementations of UN listings. They follow the introduction of new arms restrictions on South Sudan by the US last Friday (see previous blog).
The newly listed people are:
Paul Malong, who was formerly a high-ranking figure in South Sudan’s army (SPLA) and is said to retain a high degree of influence through the SPLA, his control of several militias, and his patronage network.
Michael Makuei Leuth, who has been Minister for Information and Broadcasting since 2013 and is said to have obstructed the political process in South Sudan.
They are both also listed for allegedly being responsible for “serious violations of human rights, including the targeting and killing of civilians and extensive destruction of villages”.
Malek Reuben Riak, who has served as Deputy Chief of Defence Staff and Inspector General of South Sudan’s army since May 2017, and is said to have been responsible for planning and overseeing serious human rights violations, including the systematic destruction of villages and infrastructure, killing and torturing civilians, and the use of sexual violence against children.