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SOUTH SUDAN CIVIL WAR. / COURTESY

Amnesty International on Thursday reiterated its longstanding call for the imposition of a comprehensive arms embargo to cut off the supply of weapons being used to kill, maim and destroy the lives of the South Sudanese people.

“The people of South Sudan have suffered gross human rights violations and war crimes for more than four years now and the world has done very little to end them. The UN Security Council must step up and take a leadership role in ending these atrocities by stopping the flow of arms into South Sudan,” said Seif Magango, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes.

Amnesty International urged the UN Security Council and the international community, including manufacturers and suppliers of arms, to take decisive steps to end the mass atrocity crimes in South Sudan by drying up its supply of weapons.

“We are asking all nations to show that they stand with civilians in South Sudan and stop selling or allowing arms destined for the country to be trafficked through their territories,” Magango added.

This comes at a time when the country’s opposition, led by Riek Machar has termed as illegal a proposal to extend President Salva Kiir’s tenure by a further three years.

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On June 28, both sides agreed to a ‘permanent’ ceasefire which ‘will end the war in South Sudan and open a new page.’

But legislators have warned that there will be war and anarchy should the proposed bill not be passed.

The previous ceasefire was in December. which was violated within hours.

The civil war which erupted in 2013 has killed tens of thousands and cases of gang rape reported.

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