Joint Statement on Delay to Terrain Case Appeal, 6 September 2019
Gender Equality & GBV - South Sudan
On 6 September 2019, LAW, along with Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, released a joint statement condemning the prolonged delay to the appeals in the murder and sexual assault case arising from the 11 July 2016 attack on the Terrain hotel in Juba, South Sudan.
A missing case file has not been seen since it was sent to President Salva Kiir in 2018, meaning the Supreme Court cannot move forward with appeals by the victims and those convicted one year after 10 soldiers were convicted for the sexual assault and rape of at least five aid workers, and the murder of a journalist during the attack.
The appeal could set an important precedent for future prosecutions in rape cases in South Sudan, where sexual violence is widespread and has been used as a weapon of war since December 2013.
You can read the statement in full, here.