South Sudan and the Legal Inconsistence of Corporate Complicity in War Crimes

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Friday, March 22, 2019
Evan Schleicher

On February 20, the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan, a United Nations Human Rights Council investigative body, released a report documenting continuing conflict and potential war crimes and crimes against humanity, despite the signing of a peace agreement in October of last year. The report is notable from a legal perspective because it labels the oil industry as “a major driver for…the violations of international humanitarian law witnessed there.”[3] In fact, the three major joint oil ventures in the country, between Nile Petroleum 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.