UN Report Labels South Sudanese Oil Industry as Key Driver of Continuing Conflict

On February 20th, the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan, a United Nations Human Rights Council investigative body, released a report documenting continuing violations including potential war crimes and crimes against humanity, despite the signing of a peace agreement in October 2018. The report is particularly notable from a legal perspective because it labels the South Sudanese oil industry as “a major driver for the continuing violence, the ensuing human suffering, and the violations of international humanitarian law witnessed there.” In fact, the three major joint oil ventures in the country, between Nile Petroleum Company, the state-owned oil company, and Chinese National Petroleum Company, Petronas of Malaysia, and the Indian Oil and Natural Gas Corporation, have already been designated by the U.S. Department of Commerce as violators of American policy and national security interests. However, despite this, it must be asked: will these companies likely…

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