Research

South Sudan: “If you don’t cooperate, I’ll gun you down”: Conflict-related sexual violence and impunity in South Sudan

Index Number: AFR 65/5569/2022

Conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) has been a persistent feature of the conflict that broke out on 15 December 2013 and that spread to South Sudan’s Greater Equatoria region following the collapse of the 2015 peace agreement in July 2016. All parties to the conflict, their allied militias, as well as a non-state armed group that did not sign the 2018 revitalized peace agreement, have committed sexual violence that violates international humanitarian law and constitutes war crimes. CRSV in South Sudan is grounded in historical and pervasive gender inequality

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