U.S to impose visa restrictions on corrupt individuals fueling conflict

The United States government on Wednesday announced plans to impose visa restrictions on multiple individuals it accuses of corruption that in turn undermines or impedes the peace process in the country.
President Salva Kiir (Right) with U.S President Joe Biden in past meeting.

By Awan Achiek

The United States government on Wednesday announced plans to impose visa restrictions on multiple individuals it accuses of corruption that in turn undermines or impedes the peace process in the country.

 “Today, we are announcing steps to impose visa restrictions on multiple individuals in South Sudan for undermining or impeding a sustainable peace by engaging in corruption that fuels conflict in South Sudan,” the U.S. Department of State said in a statement released on Thursday.

It said individuals yet to be named will not be able to travel to the United States of America.

“Under Section 212(a) (3)C) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, these individuals will be generally ineligible for visas to the United States.”

It said certain family members of such persons may also be subject to these restrictions.

It explained that these visa restrictions are specific to certain individuals and are not directed at the South Sudanese people or the government of South Sudan.

“The decision to pursue visa restrictions reflects the commitment of the United States to support South Sudanese aspirations to combat corruption, strengthen democracy and the rule of law, and live in peace,” it said.

The U.S. said it remains committed to supporting the people’s long-unmet expectations for peace, democracy, human rights, and a government that uses public resources for the common good.

According to the U.S. Department of State, widespread corruption perpetuates the suffering and directly or indirectly, supports conflict, thereby undermining the progress South Sudanese envisioned when they declared independence in 2011.

It claimed the leaders lack the political will necessary to create conditions for sustainable peace, democratic governance, the rule of law, and prosperity for the South Sudanese people.

On February 29, 2024, the U.S. imposed visa restrictions on multiple South Sudanese nationals directly responsible for the kidnappings of activists abroad and their involvement in transnational repression. 

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