Juba, March 6, 2019 (SSNA) — Oil companies operating in South Sudan have contributed or are contributing to ongoing South Sudan’s civil war, a confidential United Nations report seen by the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) says.
The report asserts that Chinese and Malaysian oil firms are complicit in the ongoing conflict in the war-wracked young nation. The report also accused Egyptian and Kuwaiti oil companies of the same crimes.
“There has been a lack of corporate accountability for transnational companies, several of which were conducting a profitable business in oil-producing areas at times when mass human rights violations were perpetrated against the local population, and which in various ways were complicit in these crimes. These companies have led the oil exploration in South Sudan from the moment it gained Independence in July 2011,” UN report says.
Oil companies controlled by the South Sudanese government and individuals associated with the government are also complicity in the war, the report states.
The Chinese government recently donated $7 million dollars to UN to combat poverty in South Sudan, donated rice and anti-malaria medicines to the South Sudanese government. The SSNA also understand that China previously donated many items to the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) including computers.
The South Sudan News Agency was informed by a United Nations source that a UN panel of experts will present a report tomorrow on which will directly implicate many oil firms.