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Advocacy group calls for access to justice for prison inmates

By Tereza Jeremiah Chuei

The Executive Director of Center for Inclusive Governance Peace and Justice (CIGPJ) Jackline Nasiwa has called for access to justice for prison inmates.

Nasiwa made the remarks during her visit to assess access justice for inmates at Juba prison in Central Equatoria State on Monday.

“There are certain rights that the imprisoned have, such as a court hearing within a certain amount of time and the assignment of a lawyer from the Ministry of Justice,” she said.

However, Nasiwa was also accompanied by Grassroots Network’s Executive Director, Sunday Moga who also commented and quoted that hardships, poverty and debts are reasons to why women are being imprisoned.

Nasiwa, further told the over 80 women in prison that Gender-Based Violence (GBV) is unacceptable and she is hoping that the conditions of the prisoners would be improved.

Meanwhile, the CIGPJ team distributed dignity kits, consisting of sanitary pads, soaps and underwear’s to all the women in the prison.

According to a 2019 report by the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), Gender-Based Violence is one of the most critical threats to the protection and wellbeing of women and children in South Sudan.

At least 65 percent of women and girls in South Sudan have experienced physical and sexual violence in their lifetime, it noted.

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