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United States sanction South Sudan Vice president Over Human Rights Abuse

United States Treasury Department statement asserted that Deng was involved in the disappearance and deaths of human rights lawyer Samuel Dong Luak and opposition member Aggrey Idry in 2017.

SouthSudan First Vice President Riek Machar attends a news conference at the Presidential State House following renewed fighting in South Sudan’s capital Juba, July 8, 2016. Photography: REUTERS/Stringer

United States Treasury Department statement asserted that Deng was involved in the disappearance and deaths of human rights lawyer Samuel Dong Luak and opposition member Aggrey Idry in 2017.

The sanctions also asserted that Taban Teng Gai, has acted to divide the armed opposition in the country, extending the country’s five-year civil war that killed nearly 400,000 people.
This move by the US government is to make pressure the South Sudan politicians to form a unity government.

South Sudan’s presidential spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny, told Reuters News Agency after the sanctions were announced that Washington’s move will worsen the situation in the country.

The press secretary for Deng, Agel Machar, told The Associated Press that the sanctions “are as unfortunate as they are misplaced,” noting his former role as chief peace negotiator for the armed opposition.

He claim that, Deng also has willingly accepted to step aside from his role as first vice president for the sake of peace, the press secretary said, to make way for opposition leader Riek Machar.

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