U.S. Businesses Warned of Risks of Involvement in South Sudan

That nation’s extended transitional government is violating human rights.

The Departments of Labor, State, and Commerce jointly issued an advisory cautioning American businesses and individuals about the increasing legal, economic, and reputation risks associated with engaging in or considering business ventures in South Sudan.

The focus of the advisory is on companies closely linked to South Sudan’s four-year extension of transitional government which was initially set to conclude in February 2022. Government resources are being directed toward supporting security forces and militias tied to political leaders implicated in severe human rights abuses, including the exploitation of children for combat and various tasks.

“The transitional government in South Sudan has shown an unwillingness to address the corruption and illegal activity in its ranks that have given rise to labor and human rights violations throughout the country,” said Deputy Undersecretary of Labor for International Affairs Thea Lee. “Today’s business advisory reminds U.S. businesses that engaging with companies or individuals associated with a government complicit in human rights violations legitimizes these unethical practices.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Deputy Undersecretary Lee as she oversees the Labor Department’s Office of International Affairs.
  • For Acting Secretary Julie Su to seek God’s wisdom as she leads the Labor Department.
  • For U.S. officials as they raise concerns regarding investments in Sudanese businesses and entities.

Sources: Department of Labor


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