JONGLEI STATE PROSECUTORS TRAINED ON INVESTIGATION AND TRIAL OF SGBV CASES AND CHILD PROTECTION

May 3, 2017

Minister of Education, Gender and Social Welfare addressing participants at the closing ceremony

Six prosecutors in Jonglei State, including one female, have completed specialized training in investigation and prosecution of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) cases and child protection issues organized by South Sudan National Police Service in collaboration with UNDP’s Access to Justice and Rule of Law project. The training also engaged UNICEF and UNMISS child protection experts as facilitators. 

The training was aimed at enhancing the investigative and prosecution capacity of both police and prosecutors to manage and respond to SGBV and child protection cases in coordination with other relevant stakeholders in order to achieve better results.

Topics covered during the training included understanding and identifying SGBV issues, SGBV and human rights, key gender issues in South Sudan, and regional provisions on child rights and detention.

Guest of Honor, the State Minister of Education, Gender and Social Welfare Hon.  Ayom Mach Jok acknowledged UNDP’s role in promoting access to justice in the state, explaining that the majority of law enforcement personnel had not received any form of training to work in their institutions. He stated that “it is not surprising to see a person who was detained yesterday at a police station walking on the streets today without any explanation from the police to the complainant of what happened to the case.” The minister encouraged participants to share the acquired knowledge with other colleagues in order to increase the impact of the training. He requested UNDP to extend similar training to senior police officers.

Speaking at the same occasion, UNDP representative Ms. Fiona M. Dhafi requested participants to work with the relevant partners for the improved management of SGBV and child protection cases. She requested the SSNPS to ensure that the closed Special Protection Unit (SPU) office in Bor be re-opened and that trained police are deployed there to handle SGBV cases. She called upon the police authorities not to immediately transfer trained members from their investigation duties as they need to practice their newly acquired SGBV case management knowledge. She also requested the police increase the number of women participants in future trainings.

The representative of the State Police Commissioner, Brigadier Aboot Deng Aboot expressed gratitude to UNDP for the capacity building support rendered and promised to open the SPU urgently. He also encouraged participants to go and implement the newly acquired knowledge and share with others.

Key recommendations included more training for policewomen to effectively deal with SGBV cases and the need to create an SPU office at every police station. Participants also urged UNDP to train social workers in Bor to provide psycho-social support to the victims.

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