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Country Reports on Terrorism 2011 - South Sudan

Publisher United States Department of State
Publication Date 31 July 2012
Cite as United States Department of State, Country Reports on Terrorism 2011 - South Sudan, 31 July 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/501fbca05.html [accessed 11 July 2014]
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Overview: South Sudan attained independence on July 9, 2011, becoming the world's newest country. Counterterrorism efforts and counterterrorist finance legislation remained a work in progress. The Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) represented the main terrorist threat to South Sudan.

2011 Terrorist Incidents: The LRA was responsible for about twenty-five incidents in South Sudan in 2011, chiefly in Western Equatoria and Western Bahr El Ghazal.

Legislation and Law Enforcement: A brand new country, the Government of South Sudan has not yet passed counterterrorism legislation, and it suffers from multiple institutional weaknesses that included insufficient policing and intelligence gathering, inadequate border controls, and deficient aviation security and screening at the country's two international airports in Juba and Malakal.

Countering Terrorist Finance: South Sudan is not a member of any Financial Action Task Force-style regional body. The Government of South Sudan has not passed anti-money laundering/counterterrorism financing (AML/CTF) legislation, although a draft AML/CTF bill was under review by the Ministry of Justice. A draft Banking and Foreign Exchange Business Act was also pending approval at year's end.

For further information on money laundering and financial crimes, we refer you to the 2011 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR), Volume 2, Money Laundering and Financial Crimes: http://www.state.gov/j/inl/rls/nrcrpt/index.htm.

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