UN to sanction sex violence perpetrators
From RAJI BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan
KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) – IN light of the continued systematic patterns of sexual violence in conflict, the United Nations is considering activating targeted sanctions against perpetrators.
This follows a recommendation by an expert envoy of the UN as the crisis in the world’s newest country does not show signs of abating.
Zainab Hawa Bangura, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, cited reports of sexual violence committed by individuals of the Tiger Battalion of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army, the National Security Service (NSS), and the pro-Government Mathiang Anyoor militia.
Following her report, the UN Security Council Committee members acknowledged that individuals and entities could be subject to possible financial and travel sanctions for actions such as the targeting of civilians, including women and children, through the commission of acts of violence, including killing, rape or other sexual and gender-based violence.
They also agreed that issues of sexual violence in conflict and sanctions should be considered in order to support the search for an inclusive and sustainable peace in South Sudan.
The country, which gained independence from Sudan in 2011, has experiences civil strife since 2013 after afallout between the country’s leaders.
Thousands have been killed and more than 1 million displaced.
– CAJ News
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