Juba, 10th September 2018. The United Nations Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan urges the government to continue seeking justice for many victims of sexual violence and other crimes committed since 2013.
The Commission in a statement issued on Friday, fears that crimes committed against locals may not receive the same attention as cases involving foreigners.
“Accountability in cases of sexual violence is vital in South Sudan”, said Yasmin Sooka, Chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan.
She stressed that the trial should become an example to discourage further violence and provide victims with sorely needed compensation.
Following Terrain case verdict, Commissioners Yasmin Sooka, Andrew Clapham and Barney Afako expressed concern that all levels of the military should be scrutinized with regards to the crimes committed.
“We insist on commanders being held responsible for failing to prevent or punish war crimes committed by those under their control,” said Andrew Clapham.
“The only deterrent to further violence is consistent and exhaustive accountability”.