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South Sudan Judge Forces Rape Victims To Appear At Trial


South Sudan Rape Victims
A presiding judge in South Sudan has ordered Aid workers that were raped in their compound during an attack in Juba to appear in person in court. Judge Brigadier General Knight Brunney rejected the prosecutor's request to have the victims give their testimonies via video conferencing as they were already outside the country.
Twelve soldiers were accused of raping five aid workers and murdering a journalist during fierce fighting in the the world's youngest nation's civil war.
The victims must come before the court personally and the court rejects all the requests to take the statement of the victims outside the country or video conference.
This ruling, among others, has been seen as a way of the South Sudanese military courts frustrating cases against State soldiers who have been accused of human rights violations and senseless murders across the country. Two senior soldiers in the military who appeared in court admitted to commanding the suspected rapists but denied having anything to do with the atrocities.
 The three year civil war has taken a toll on the country causing massive starvation, looting, death and anxiety. Violence broke out after the president Salva Kiir Mayardit fired his vice president Dr Riek Machar. The violence quickly escalated with rebel forces taking on government forces.
Both sides of the warring factions have been accused of human rights violations.

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