On 3 March 2015, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) unanimously adopted Resolution 2206 (2015) which creates a system that permits the imposition of sanctions recommended by a Sanctions Committee against individuals and entities responsible for or complicit in, or having engaged in, directly or indirectly, actions or policies that threaten the peace, security or stability of South Sudan. The Resolution permits the imposition of a travel ban and an asset freeze. The UN announcement stated:
The security situation in South Sudan has deteriorated steadily over the past year since political in-fighting between South Sudan’s President and his former Vice-President and their respective factions erupted in December 2013. The hostilities subsequently turned into a full-fledged conflict that has sent nearly 100,000 civilians fleeing to bases around the country managed by the UN Missions (UNMISS).