The United Nations has pointed out that South Sudan’s weak justice infrastructure is the main reason behind impunity in the country. The lack of accountability for crimes has resulted in a culture of lawlessness and the perpetuation of violence, especially against women and girls.
According to the UN, impunity in South Sudan is a significant challenge that has resulted in the failure of justice mechanisms to effectively investigate, prosecute and punish perpetrators of crimes. This situation has resulted in a lack of confidence in the justice system by the citizens, which has led to an increase in the number of revenge killings, child abductions, and sexual violence cases.
The UN official has stated that the government needs to address the root causes of impunity and establish robust justice mechanisms to curb the culture of lawlessness in the country. The official further emphasized that unless the justice infrastructure is strengthened, the cycle of violence and impunity will continue, and the country will be unable to achieve lasting peace and stability.
The weak justice infrastructure in South Sudan is a result of decades of conflict, political instability, and underdevelopment. The country is struggling to rebuild its institutions and establish the rule of law after decades of civil war. The justice system is weak, and many courts lack the necessary infrastructure and resources to function effectively.
Furthermore, corruption and political interference in the judiciary have eroded public trust in the system, making it difficult for victims to receive justice. This has led to an increase in the number of vigilante justice cases as citizens take matters into their own hands.
The UN has called on the government to prioritize justice reform and invest in the necessary infrastructure and resources to establish an effective justice system. This includes investing in training for judges, prosecutors, and police officers to improve their skills and build their capacity to investigate and prosecute crimes.
Additionally, the government must take measures to protect victims and witnesses, including providing safe spaces for them to give evidence and providing legal assistance. This will encourage more victims to come forward and report crimes, leading to a higher conviction rate for perpetrators of crimes.
The UN has stressed the importance of accountability for leaders and government officials who commit crimes. The government must demonstrate its commitment to the rule of law by holding those who abuse their power accountable and ensuring that they are brought to justice.