Key points of the action plan of the South Sudan National Police Service:
- A national seven-person committee will oversee the implementation. Focal points in the field will track progress and gaps and report to the committee.
- Review and disseminate institutional mechanisms and disciplinary procedures, strengthen vetting processes to make sure that perpetrators are not recruited to the police force.
- Special Police Units across the country will be trained to investigate cases of conflict-related sexual violence.
- Extensive capacity building of police personnel, including on the prohibition of sexual violence and the obligation to report such incidents.
- A survivor-centered approach to investigations, including interviewing and collection of forensic evidence.
- Planning, instigating, abetting, ordering, failing to stop such acts by subordinates or not to hold them accountable.
- Conduct investigations of reported incidents and improve the system of documenting such cases.
- Strengthened coordination with other organized forces (for example the South Sudan People’s Defence Force, which adopted its own action plan in 2018).
- Protection of victims, witnesses of judicial actors, thus promoting people to speak out and demand accountability without fear.
- Educational messages to end stigma and social exclusion of survivors. Best methods to be discussed with the UN, civil society organizations and other partners.
- Protection by prevention: close cooperation between the police, civil society organizations, the UN and others involved in providing services (protection/support) to survivors.
- Engage communities in dialogues, early warning systems to predict/identify/mitigate/respond to situations of police officers committing acts of sexual violence.
- Monitoring and evaluation: will require the development of a “specific tool” (UNPOL and the Office of the Senior Women’s Protection Adviser to support).
- Quarterly reports to be sent to the leadership of the South Sudan National Police Services and the Office of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict.
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