In the places LAW works, as well as many other fragile and conflict-affected environments, it is common for violations, including sexual violence and arbitrary arrests and detention, to be committed by security forces.
Where this happens there can be very little accountability for the commission of these crimes. Often, it is the institutions themselves that are responsible for holding perpetrators accountable for their actions. Where an individual from that institution is implicated in perpetrating violations or abuses, it decreases the likelihood that accountability will be secured.
LAW works to find entry points for working with these institutions to increase their accountability, and to build internal and international pressure for independent and impartial investigations of allegations of abuse. Through this work, LAW aims to reduce the climate of impunity for serious criminal offences and contribute towards rule of law, increased access to justice, peace and security.
Click here for more information on LAW’s work with the Somali Ministry of Interior on establishing a Civilian Oversight Board over the Somali police, and here for an in-depth report on accountability for sexual violence committed by armed men in South Sudan.
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