News / / 01.09.20

The Brief: Why US sanctioned South Sudan’s First Vice President Taban Deng Gai

The United States Department of Treasury on Wednesday sanctioned South Sudanese First Vice President Taban Deng Gai for “his involvement in serious human rights abuse, including the disappearance and deaths of civilians.”

The move seeks to pressure the country’s politicians to form a unity government.
According to the Treasury, Gai arranged and directed the alleged killings of opposition politician Aggrey Idri Ezibon and human rights lawyer Dong Samuel Luak to entrench his position in the government and intimidate the opposition…

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