First Legal Case against Kiir’s Government for Gang Rape & Sexual Slavery Lodged.

DEC/06/2018, SSN;

The Legal Action Worldwide (LAW) has lodged the first case against the government of South Sudan led by President Salva Kiir for sexual violence against 30 South Sudanese women and girls by members of the South Sudan army, currently known as the South Sudan People’s Defense Forces (SSPDF) and formerly the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and the Presidential Guards.

The complaint outlines brutal sexual violence, including sexual slavery, sexual torture, rape and gang rape against women and girls during attacks on their villages and whilst they fled the violence from June 2016 to September 2017.

The case has been lodged at the UN Committee on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in Geneva.

The 30 women and girls represented by LAW include ‘K2,’ who was subjected to mass rape with her three sisters and a family friend in front of each other in their kitchen. She was 12 years old at the time.

Muding, 42 years old, was gang raped by SPLA soldiers whilst another soldier blew a whistle indicating when the perpetrators should finish.

Joanna’s nine years old daughter was beaten outside while she was raped inside in her home.

Scovia, a 27-year-old mother of four, was gang raped by five Government soldiers. Whilst she was being gang raped, two of her children disappeared. She has not seen them since.

And Viola, 29 years old, who was tied to a tree, tortured and gang raped by Government soldiers in an army camp.

“The conflict in South Sudan has been ongoing for five years and during this time, tens of thousands of young girls and women have been subjected to horrific sexual violence by Government security forces.

To date almost no one has been held accountable. We have to ask ourselves: Why are we not doing more to protect them?” asked Antonia Mulvey, Executive Director of LAW.

“This is a landmark case which is the first step on a long road to justice for all women and girls in South Sudan.”

Rape has been used as weapon of war against the civilian population and until today, there has not been a case against the Government for its actions.

The women and girls that LAW represents are so frightened of reprisals from their Government and its agents that they have fled their own country and are now living as refugees.

Due to serious concerns for their safety, LAW has requested that the UN Committee protect their full identities during the consideration of their case.

About Legal Action Worldwide (LAW): LAW is a unique non-profit network and think tank of human rights lawyers who provide creative legal assistance to individuals and communities who have suffered human rights violations and abuses in fragile and conflict-affected areas.

LAW works in Africa, Middle East and South Asia and predominantly focuses on addressing sexual violence through legal intervention.

In Bangladesh, LAW co-represents 400 Rohingya women and girls in their victims’ submission before the ICC.

WOMEN, PEACE & SECURITY

LAW will shortly begin an exciting new project that seeks to ensure the UN Security Council Women, Peace & Security Agenda, (UNSC Resolution 1325) is fully incorporated into South Sudan’s peace process and that women and girls, including survivors of conflict-related sexual violence, can effectively participate.

LAW and its consortium partners will empower South Sudanese women to engage with transitional justice mechanisms, and to reduce impunity for conflict-related sexual and gender based violence (SGBV). This will be done through a comprehensive approach.

On 19 May 2016, LAW held an expert panel on accountability for sexual gender based violence (SGBV) in South Sudan to launch the report along with the South Sudan Law Society and Amnesty International. Panellists included: David Deng, (South Sudan Law Society), Ferdinand Von Habsburg-Lothringen, (Committee for National Healing, Peace and Reconciliation), Elizabeth Deng, (Amnesty International) and Alicia Luedke, (Justice Africa). LAW’s Executive Director Antonia Mulvey moderated the panel discussion, which highlighted several ways forward for increasing accountability in South Sudan. 

8 Comments

  1. Tyson says:

    The journey is starting……
    The JCE machinery of death is being questioned. I expect the Jieng legal battle.
    This is just step one of the long journey to freedom for the suffering people of South Sudan.

  2. mading says:

    Tyson.
    Keep fighting on the internet, while people of South Sudan are moving on with peace process. You internet warriors are the worse case for our country.

  3. Tyson says:

    Mading,

    As the culture of the JIENG, you always live in DENIAL. RAPISTS have no hiding place but face JUSTICE from competent courts!
    May I repeat that the your peace deal is an MOU for looting South Sudan and a trap to killing Machar.
    Since your so called peace has been delivered to you, please move out of Juba to your kraals. Don’t continue loitering in Juba ANYMORE.

  4. mading says:

    Tyson. It looks like you ran out of what to say anymore, no body is killing your Riek Machar. He would have been kill in J1 when he was a lone with president on the thick minds like you white army militias attacked J1. If it is about justice in our country, it will start with warlords like Peter Gatdet Yaak, who his rebels did things you said in Bor hospital and church. And James Koang Chuol militias in Bentiu.

  5. Alex says:

    There are people out there who are like a rubbish bins. They can take anything wether good or bad without checking the correct information. Shamelessly they are campaigning to be leaders. Who will follow such low people. You can not rush to conclusions without a proof. In a free democracy when someone has been accused, that person shall remain innocent untill proved by a competant court guilt beyond redeemable doubt but in S. South Sudan, people conclude the case even before an investigation and judgment is done . This makes us looks like fools. Shamelessly it is those who claim to be educated the one dragging the country to its knees o.

    Those who opened the case should be asked to present their evidences to court and should they fail then the law should be applied on them for telling lies. They are not being harsher but they should be taught how democracy work. Otherwise they will continue to spread endless lies

    • Tyson says:

      Jieng Madness…..
      With all the crimes in broad daylight you pretend to deny……shame on you!
      Wait the day of reckoning is close by

  6. Beek says:

    Greetings New Year to EVERYBODY.

  7. Dear: Editor&Publisher

    As of today,I am beginning asking myself a question.Why you publishing comments of commentors that are talking about on Jieng(Dinka) onto Jieng leadership in the government of South Sudan Republic in the country?But,never published comments of commentors that are not talking about of Jieng(Dinka) in the first place? I have posted my comments several times,but,they have gone unpublished!

    Well,if you have workload,you have to a team in editing and publishing in order to make workload mangageable! Otherwise,you will make people reluctant to do on comments!Anyway,I do not want put a blame against you on your head.Maybe the enemies of peace,are people who prevent comments to be published on the forum for their own ego and selfishiness! Happy New year 2019! Hoping the best!

    Sincere Making people in Peace!

    Abiko!

    Missouri,U.S.A.

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