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Landmark Case against South Sudan

Gender Equality & GBV - South Sudan

On 6 December Legal Action Worldwide (LAW) submitted the first ever case against the Government of South Sudan for the rape, mass rape and sexual slavery of 30 South Sudanese women and girls by members of the South Sudan army and the Presidential Guard. The case was lodged at the UN Committee on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in Geneva. “[T]ens 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?” said 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.”

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