Activist calls for Full Implementation of Chapter Five of South Sudan Peace Agreement

By: Rita James

The Gender Officer of Center for Inclusive Governance, Peace and Justice (CIGPJ) demands implementation of Chapter Five of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS).

Marline Jore Pitia, Gender Officer stressed that Center for Inclusive Governance, Peace and Justice (CIGPJ) is advocating for full implementation of Chapter Five of the Peace Agreement.

Marline Jore Pitia was speaking in a stakeholder’s dialogue that was organized by the Center for Inclusive Governance, Peace and Justice (CIGPJ) in Juba aimed at reconciling various communities under the theme: Promoting Truth, Reconciliation and Healing.

According Jore Pitia since 2013 up to 2016 crisis, there have been serious cases of Sexual Gender-based Violence, human rights violations, rape and child abuse in the country.

“Since the war broke out in South Sudan a lot of cases of Sexual Gender-based violence and human rights violations have been reported in the communities, and in the families. In the streets everywhere, you will hear violations of human rights, rape attempt; beating of women, child abuse, so it is the responsibility of civil society organization to prepare the survivors and the communities all for the implementation of Chapter Five.”

According to the Revitalized Peace Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan which was signed in September 2018 by the warring parties, Chapter Five of the Peace Agreement talks about the Transitional Justice, Accountability, Commission for Truth, Reconciliation and Healing, Hybrid Court for South Sudan and the Reparation Commission.

Executive Director for Grassroots Women Network Sunday Mogga reporting on sexual gender-based violence should be a collective responsibility sexual violence occurs within the communities which should be helped within the seventy two (72) hours for immediate response.

“In case of any sexual violence let them report within 72 hours because if there is an STD, and pregnancy that might occur during rape, there is a drug that is given to remove everything out. It should not just be taken to the hospital; they should report to us so that we offer councelling and take the survivor through other processes that can help her recover from trauma. I am appealing to the community to join hands and work together.”     

Meanwhile the Director of Prisons for Female Department Atong John Kuon said there is the provision of women rights in the prison.

“When prisoners are brought to the prison, they are given their rights. No one is allowed to deprive them from their rights. No one is allowed to misbehave with their rights even if they are prisoners, we are the change makers, as it is said prison is for changing bad person to be good.”

Three months ago South Sudan launched Gender-based Violence Court in Juba to sentence the perpetrators.

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