Citizens' perceptions on transitional justice processes in South Sudan

Parties to the peace agreement need to use transitional justice mechanisms to win public trust.

In 2013, Africa’s newest state, was on the brink of collapse. Internal armed conflict, serious human rights violations and a divided government led to the death or displacement of thousands of people. A 2015 peace agreement ended the conflict and created a range of transitional justice mechanisms to address the country’s past. None of these mechanisms are operational. Violence returned in 2016 necessitating a revitalised peace process. This report assesses South Sudanese citizens’ perceptions of transitional justice processes.

About the authors

Allan Ngari is a Senior Researcher, ISS working on international criminal justice. He is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya.

Jame David Kolok has more than 13 years’ experience in governance and citizen participation, with a special focus on post-conflict South Sudan. He works across a number of disciplines in South Sudan, including the peace process, human rights monitoring and documentation, and transitional justice.

Picture: UNMISS/Flickr

Development partners
This report was funded by the Government of the Netherlands. The ISS is grateful for support from the members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the European Union and the governments of Canada, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the USA.
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