“Grave environmental harm” – blockbuster report by UN’s Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan on oil industry’s practices

Human rights violations and related economic crimes in the Republic of South Sudan
report from the United Nations‘ Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan

Gist: “Since independence, and owing to the abject failure of national authorities to fulfil their human rights obligations, over 80 per cent of South Sudanese women, men, and children continue to be exposed to extreme and wholly unwarranted poverty, vulnerability, and suffering, as ordinary citizens bear the brunt of the most egregious embezzlement, plunder, and looting of their critical resources by unaccountable elites, aided by international accomplices. Illicitly diverted resources have also been used to fuel conflict and foment violence.”

Ensuing from consortia in South Sudan‘s callous disregard of regulations, proprietary standards and claims and good business practices, oil spills, leaks, fires and wastes have poisoned South Sudan’s water, land and air. These poisons – which include everything from lead, salt and cadmium to crude oil itself – have “gravely harmed the health and lives of the people of South Sudan.”

Sadly, also devastated by this “oil-cide”: the Sudd wetlands, often called “Africa’s Amazon”, and other precious habitats.