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US Announces Sanctions Authority in South Sudan

Date: 3.4.14 Source: Wall Street Journal, Samuel Rubenfeld

President Barack Obama issued an executive order Thursday that authorizes Washington to impose sanctions on those causing conflict in South Sudan.

The executive order grants the U.S. Treasury Department the authority to target anyone threatening the stability of South Sudan, as well as those committing human-rights abuses, undermining transitional agreements, democratic processes or peacekeeping activities. In additi0n, Treasury can designate anyone expanding the conflict, as well as those targeting women, children or civilians with acts of violence, or recruiting child soldiers.
“The United States will not stand by as those entrusted with South Sudan’s future put their own interests above those of their people,” said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney in a statement.
No names were attached to the executive order, however.
Washington was instrumental in setting the framework for the creation of South Sudan, which gained independence from Sudan in July 2011 after a referendum. The U.S. is the leading international donor to South Sudan, according to a State Department fact sheet. But its birth has given way in recent months to fighting between the government and rebel leaders. The dire situation led desperate villagers to eat grass and roots to survive as severe hunger grips the nation, the AP reported this week.