South Sudan: UN Security Council’s extension of arms embargo on South Sudan a welcome step but weak benchmarks a let-down

Index Number: AFR 65/4291/2021

On 27 May, the UN Security Council renewed the arms embargo on South Sudan and established five benchmarks against which future decisions to renew, end or change the embargo will be taken.

The UN Security Council’s decision to renew the arms embargo on South Sudan until 31 May 2022 is welcome news for millions of people who have borne the brunt of many years of conflict-related human rights violations.

Arms embargo violations are a risk to security, yet the respect of the embargo is not included as a benchmark

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