Watchdog says global oil consortium hurting South Sudan
Added 09-19-19 10:22:01am EST - “The largest multinational oil consortium in South Sudan is "proactively participating in the destruction" of the country, the actor George Clooney and co-founder of The Sentry watchdog group told The Associated Press this week.” - Washingtontimes.com
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JUBA, South Sudan (AP) - The largest multinational oil consortium in South Sudan is “proactively participating in the destruction” of the country, the actor George Clooney and co-founder of The Sentry watchdog group told The Associated Press this week.
A new report released Thursday by the Washington-based group that reports on links between corruption and mass atrocities says it found that Dar Petroleum provided direct support to deadly militias. “And it has paid for government officials to live lavishly while the rest of the population suffers the consequences of a brutal civil war that has cost hundreds of thousands of lives,” Clooney said.
The report explores how a variety of international individuals and businesses are linked to armed conflict, corruption and atrocities during the country’s five-year civil war that ended with a peace deal a year ago. The oil consortium is the most prominent example.
South Sudan is the most oil-dependent country in the world, and Dar Petroleum is one of the country’s most important entities. It is comprised of China’s state-owned China National Petroleum Corporation, Malaysia’s state-owned Petronas, Chinese state-owned Sinopec, the private Egyptian-based firm SSTO and South Sudan’s state-owned Nile Petroleum.
While most of the country’s oil rigs were shut down or destroyed during the war, the oil consortium continued operating.
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