Sanctions Profile: South Sudan

At a glance

The UN introduced sanctions on South Sudan in 2015, by UN Security Council Resolution 2206, in view of its “grave alarm” over the conflict between South Sudan’s government and opposition forces in the country.

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US lists former first lady of the Gambia & a Sudanese company

The US State Department has announced 2 designations pursuant to Executive Order 13818 (Global Magnitsky sanctions). The first is former first lady of the Gambia, Zineb Souma Yahya Jammeh, on the grounds that she is believed to control overseas assets of her husband, Yahya Jammeh, former President of the Gambia. In 2018, on account of Mr Jammeh’s alleged involvement in …

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UNSC warns of South Sudan sanctions

The UN Security Council President, Christoph Heusgen (Germany) has released a press statement warning that actions which threaten the peace, security or stability of South Sudan may be subject to sanctions, and recalling that sanctions measures will be reviewed following progress in implementing all provisions of the Revitalised Agreement. Concern was expressed at the recent violence between armed groups, which …

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UNSC renews South Sudan arms embargo & sanctions for 1 year

The United Nations Security Council has renewed the arms embargo on South Sudan and targeted sanctions against individuals said to be blocking peace in South Sudan until 31 May 2021. The mandate of the Panel of Experts overseeing the sanctions regime has also been continued until 1 July 2021. The press release says the UNSC have concerns over the “continued fighting …

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EU Council calls on UNSC to renew South Sudan arms embargo

The EU Council has adopted conclusions supporting the ongoing peace process in South Sudan and the work of the Revitalised Transitional Government. The Council has also called on the UN Security Council to renew the arms embargo against South Sudan when it expires on 31 May 2020. The arms embargo was initially implemented in 2015 pursuant to Resolution 2206 (2015), …

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US renews South Sudan sanctions for 1 year

The US is renewing sanctions on South Sudan for 1 year by continuing the national emergency as declared in Executive Order 13663. The sanctions impose an asset freeze and travel ban on those involved in activities that threaten the peace, security, or stability of South Sudan, including “widespread violence and atrocities, human rights abuses, recruitment and use of child soldiers, …

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Current Sanctions



Council Regulation (EU) 2015/735

Parent Regulation

Council Regulation (EU) 2015/735

Amended by:

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/1112

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/402

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/164

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1115

Council Regulation (EU) 2018/1116

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1934


Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/740

Parent Decision

Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/740

Amended by:

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2015/1118

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2017/414

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/168

Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/1125

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/1946

The South Sudan (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (SI 2019/438)