On 1 July, the UN Security Council Committee announced the addition of six individuals to the South Sudan Sanctions List pursuant to Security Council Resolution 2206 (“Resolution 2206”). The six individuals are: (1) Gabriel Jok Riak, (2) Simon Gatwech Dual, (3) James Koang Chuol, (4) Santino Deng Wol, (5) Marial Chanuong Yol Mangok and (6) Peter Gadet.

The press release notes that government commander Major General Yol Mangok “led the slaughter of Nuer civilians in and around Juba, many who were buried in mass graves” and that Lieutenant General Jok Riak and Major General Deng Wol are also government commanders. Major General Gatwech Dual, Major General Koang Chuol and Major General Gadet are commanders of the government opposition, with the last of these allegedly responsible for targeting “civilians, including women, in April 2014 during an assault on Bentui, including targeted killings on the basis of ethnicity”.

Individuals and entities on the South Sudan Sanctions List are subject to the travel ban and assets freeze stipulated in paragraphs 9 and 12 of Resolution 2206.

The US implemented the UN action on 2 July 2015, by adding Lieutenant General Jok Riak and Major General Gatwech Dual to the list of individuals blocked under its South Sudan sanctions programme, which targets groups and individuals who threaten the peace, security, or stability of South Sudan. The US had already listed Major General Gadet, Major General Yol Mangok, Major General Koang Chuol and Major General Deng Wol.