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2015 | LAW report on Accountability for Sexual Violence in South Sudan

This latest report by Legal Action Worldwide (LAW) focuses on the increased use of sexual violence, apparently as a military tactic, since the most recent outbreak of fighting between political opponents and their supporters in Sth Sudan in December 2013. According to the UN the emerging patterns of sexual and gender-based violence by uniformed men in all ten states of Sth Sudan may amount to crimes against humanity.

 The report shows that neither the formal nor the customary justice system in Sth Sudan is able to provide adequate access or redress for victims, or to combat the impunity of perpetrators. The government of Sth Sudan does not prioritize the problem. The report analyses the existing weaknesses and gaps in the State’s judicial responses and makes recommendations to address them.