une 27, 2012 (JUBA) — Amnesty International on Thursday accused China, Sudan and Ukraine of allegedly supplying military weapons to both South Sudanese Armed Forces (SPLA) and opposition groups, triggering scores of indiscriminate attacks in parts of South Sudan.
South Sudan’s army, or the SPLA, soldiers load a T-72 tank into a truck in Halop, Unity state, April 24, 2012. (Reuters)
The organization, in its latest report, entitled South Sudan: Arms supplies fueling violations in forgotten conflict, examines the impact of responsible supplies and misuse of weapons, munitions and armaments that resulted in to civilian casualties and displacement of people in Mayom County, Unity State.
The report, released on 28 June, specifically points fingers at the SPLA and South Sudan Liberation Army (SSLA); an armed opposition entity for killing and injuring innocent civilians, while their homes were either destroyed, or their occupants forced flee due to unselective attacks on civilian areas in 2010 and 2011.
Amnesty International, however, calls for a “strong” and “robust” treaty that halts irresponsible arms transfer to those likely to violate human rights and commit war crimes, through misuse of these arms. The call comes ahead of crucial Arms Trade Treaty negotiations to be graced by world governments at the United Nations headquarters in New York, next month.
“Governments must immediately stop supplying South Sudan with conventional arms which have been used to commit violations of international humanitarian and human rights law until adequate systems of training and accountability are in place,” said Erwin van der Borght, Amnesty International’s Africa Director. Read more…