Two new publications on Justice and Reconciliation in South Sudan

07 Oct 2016  Two new reports are published within the research project “Intersections of Truth, Justice and Reconciliation in South Sudan”. The project is carried out in cooperation by the University for Peace (UPEACE) Centre The Hague, the South Sudan Law Society (SSLS) and PAX.

Access to Justice: Perceptions of and Experiences with Violent Crime in South Sudan - FINAL REPORT

 

The report documents people’s experiences with justice after violent crimes, and finds that security and justice services are often unavailable, or considered inaccessible or inadequate. People with more time and resources to invest have a higher chance of obtaining justice for a crime. Both punishment of perpetrators and compensation of victims are considered vital elements of justice, yet overall justice remains unattainable for most victims of violent crimes. The lack of justice contributes to spirals of violence prevalent in South Sudan.

 

Perceptions of Transitional Justice in South Sudan - FINAL REPORT

 

This report documents people’s perceptions and experiences of truth, justice and reconciliation in relation to the past and present conflicts in South Sudan. It finds that more than half of the people interviewed have been victimized by an armed group or actor, and that women are increasingly targeted in the post-2013 period. People diverge widely on the causes and possible solutions to the conflict, as well as on how to balance punishment (and amnesties), compensation and reconciliation. This shows the importance of continued discussions on transitional justice and reconciliation in the current context. At the same time, space for this is decreasing

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