Landmark case against S. Sudan for sexual violence against women, girls

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir speaks to the press upon his arrival in the capital Juba on August 6, 2018, following the signing in Sudan of a ceasefire and power sharing agreement. When confronted with facts on the use of rape as a weapon of war, the government always denies. PHOTO | AKUOT CHOL | AFP

What you need to know:

  • The South Sudan judicial system is almost non-existent. The Executive and the military are known to exert influence over the Judiciary.
  • Despite the peace deal, South Sudan cannot meaningfully move forward without holding perpetrators of these heinous violations to account

When South Sudan became independent in 2011, many hoped it would be a new dawn, characterised by peace and stability after years of war.

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