Victims of sexual violence in Sudan deserve justice

Human rights activists stage a peaceful demonstration in Nairobi on June 19, 2019 calling for peace in the neighbouring Sudan following mass killings. PHOTO | SILA KIPLAGAT

What you need to know:

  • We demand accountability for sexual crimes committed in Sudan, including those committed during the Darfur conflict as well as those which occurred during the June 3rd massacre.
  • These reports of rapes committed by the RSF came as no surprise. This military body, mostly composed of former members of the Janjaweed militia, is notorious for having committed serious crimes, including sexual crimes, during the conflict which erupted in Darfur in 2003.
  • During a recent visit to refugee camps in Djabal and Goz Amer in eastern Chad, we spoke with nearly one hundred women and men, most of whom were victims of sexual crimes.
  • It is imperative that those who oversaw this institutionalised brutality are brought to justice.

The world commemorated the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict yesterday. We continue to demand accountability for sexual crimes committed in Sudan, including those committed during the Darfur conflict as well as those which occurred during the June 3rd massacre. The lack of justice for victims of sexual violence is unacceptable. When perpetrators go unpunished, it emboldens them and others to continue committing such acts with no fear of consequences. Meanwhile, victims suffer lasting physical, psychological and social effects, as we saw in our recent visit to refugee camps, home to many victims of these atrocities.

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