Peace and justice: the Netherlands and South Sudan

The Netherlands is your partner in peace and justice.

International legal order

International law creates a level playing field, and lays down clear, predictable rules that apply equally to all. A functioning international legal order is in the interests of all countries.

Legal capital of the world

The Hague is known as the legal capital of the world. The Peace Palace is a symbol of this role.

Some 160 international organisations have offices in and around The Hague, including:

  • the International Court of Justice
  • the Permanent Court of Arbitration
  • the International Criminal Court
  • the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
  • the Special Court for Sierra Leone
  • the Special Tribunal for Lebanon

Peace and justice: the Netherlands and your country or region

For over a decade the Netherlands has been involved in efforts supporting South Sudanese stability, peace and prosperity. Diplomacy efforts have, among other things, been focused on promoting peace and strengthening the legal order and Dutch UN-peacekeepers have important positions within the United Nations Mission for South Sudan (UNMISS).

The Netherlands supports the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in their Access to Justice program. In order to enable rule of law institutions to deliver accountable and effective justice services, the program will, among other things, promote key legislation to strengthen the rule of law functions, establish mobile court systems and support the national prisons to uphold minimum treatment standards. These will be complemented by activities to empower civil society and communities and enhance access to justice. A snap shot of results achieved under the A2J includes:-

  • 2,125 court cases have been recorded in the first half of 2017, with 363 involving women.
  • 13 rule of law forums were held in Torit and Aweil, with total participation of 255 stakeholders of the justice sector institutions, relevant government ministries and civil society organizations.
  • 1,217 SGBV survivors, victims of torture and conflict received legal representation; 598 SGBV survivors, victims of torture and families of missing persons received psychosocial support, and 300,000 people received information on women’s rights and the impact of SGBV.
  • The technical committee conducted public awareness activities on Chapter V of the Peace Agreement and reached 437 people.

With the A2J project entering phase II this year much is expected in the result framework that include considerable reduction of court cases backlog and the initiation of legislation to improve in the welfare and protection of women. The A2J programme envisages better capacity within prison services to support rehabilitation and training of  inmates.

The  UNDP through the A2J Phase II is enabled to make considerable contributions towards the establishment of the Transitional Justice Mechanisms (TJM) in accordance with South Sudan Peace Agreement. The UNDP will render technical and financial support to the Ministry of Justice for the establishment of the CTRH, and through establishing seven victim support groups that will serve 500 victims, and by undertaking public outreach information on (TJM) aimed to reach 5000 people.

The Netherlands supports peace and development through the community security and peacebuilding program managed through Saferworld. The efforts made in 2017 envisages an  increase in the program synergy with other peace and development actors. There are commendable achievements in 2017 that include the establishment of 16 Community Action Groups (CAGs) from 8 existing locations. More than seven local conflicts and disputes were addressed through the CAGs mechanism.