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Access to justice in South Sudan

Since the Comprehensive Peace Agreement between South Sudan and Sudan, rural areas of South Sudan have suffered an upsurge of inter-communal violence, sometimes politically motivated. Killing, looting of livestock, abduction of women and children, gender-based violence and destruction of property are commonplace; perpetrators largely enjoy impunity. A report by David K. Deng of the South Sudan Law Society (SSLS), Challenges of Accountability: An assessment of dispute resolution processes in rural South Sudan, shows how judicial systems in Eastern Equatoria, Jonglei and Upper Nile states are trying and failing to meet the needs of rural populations caught up in cycles of conflict. A report launch will take place on Thursday 20 June, from 8.30am to 1.00pm, followed by a lunch, at the Quality Hotel in Juba. International organizations and the UN are requested to send a maximum of two people per organization and RSVP to

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