The U.S. Treasury Department on Wednesday sanctioned the first Vice President of South Sudan Taban Deng Gai for his alleged involvement in human rights abuses.  

“Deng has acted to divide and sow distrust within the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement – In Opposition (SPLM-IO) and broader Nuer community, which has extended the conflict in South Sudan and deteriorated the reconciliation and peace process,” the agency said in a statement.

Deng was reportedly involved in the disappearance and deaths of human rights lawyer Samuel Dong Luak and opposition SPLM-IO member Aggrey Idry in 2017.

In December, five South Sudanese were designated

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