South Sudan’s victims are in dire need of justice and interim reparations. The reports of the atrocities they survived are appaling. If left unattended, it can only fuel further cycles of violence.
This is what Isabelle Despicht strongly denounced at the Interactive dialogue on technical assistance and capacity-building for South Sudan, on the 5th of October.
On behalf of Meezaan Center for Human Rights and Geneva International Centre for Justice (GICJ), Isabelle welcomed the activities of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan, especially regarding sexual and gender based violence. She emphasized that these crimes must be condemned because they expose a systemic pattern of continued impunity. Through them, the State’s institutional weaknesses are exposed. As a result, Isabelle supported UNDP's efforts to improve access to justice for the most remote and disadvantaged communities.
Meezaan and GICJ reiterate their strong support for an effective interim reparation mechanism for victims as well as the establishment of an inclusive and representative transitional justice system in South Sudan.
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