Statement by the Embassy of Canada to South Sudan on reports of sexual violence on women and girls in the Bentiu area, Unity State

The Embassy of Canada to South Sudan issued the following statement on reports of sexual violence on women and girls in the Bentiu area, Unity State.

“The Embassy of Canada is deeply troubled by reports of rape and sexual assault, beating and robbery of approximately 150 women near Nhialdu and Guit, Bentiu, and joins the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General and a growing list of voices in calling for a focus on the needs of the survivors, a thorough investigation of the reported crimes, and a commitment to bring those responsible to justice.

The brutal attacks against women and girls in the Bentiu area not only requires immediate action, it requires immediate reflection on how the issue of sexual and gender based violence continues to challenge the full promise of South Sudan.  The obligation to protect citizens, and ensure their rights under the law, is essential to fulfilling that promise.

As we recognize the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence, we call on all parties to challenge violence against the women and girls of South Sudan.”