UNSC Warns Of South Sudan Sanctions

The UN Security Council President has warned that actions which threaten the peace, security or stability of South Sudan may be subject to sanctions. After considering the publication of the recent final report of the Panel of Experts, the UN Security Council Committee concerning Sudan has warned signatories to the Juba Peace Agreement that a failure to withdraw their forces from foreign countries, which poses a threat to regional stability, could result in the Committee considering the designation of individuals and entities.

The Committee is urging the Juba Peace Agreement (JPA) signatory movements to stop recruiting fighters in violation of the JPA, including in internally displaced persons’ camps. It also warned Darfurian major non-signatory groups that people and entities may be designated if they fail to engage in peace talks with the Sudanese government, which constitutes an impediment to peace. 

Why is this important for your organisation?

Breaching sanctions regulations may result in civil, criminal and regulatory liability, resulting in substantial fines and reputational damage. Organisations should assess their business’s nature, the types of product and services they offer, their supply chains and the jurisdictions they operate to devise an appropriate compliance framework.

Recommendations

  • Strengthen your firm’s internal control framework to mitigate sanctions risks.
  • Implement a robust due diligence and sanctions screening system sensitive to the level of risk to which your organisation is exposed.
  • Implement clear sanctions escalation procedures within your organisation to help identify and resolve sanctions issues that do arise.
  • Promote a culture of compliance amongst your staff and your business partners.
  • Subscribe to platforms like the Africa Compliance Hub (ACH) to receive regular updates on sanctions and compliance issues in Africa.

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