The Advocates for Human Rights, together with the World Coalition against the Death Penalty, submitted a Suggested List of Issues report related to the death penalty for the 78th Session of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women.
The death penalty remains an authorized form of punishment in South Sudan. Crimes eligible for the death penalty include any crime that results in the death of an individual, drug trafficking, or treason. While pregnant women and women with a child under two years old are officially exempt from the death penalty, sentences are often handed down by local courts in accordance with customary law. At least two of South Sudan’s courts are known to exhibit cultural bias towards women and girls, thereby impeding justice for many women.
As of January 2019, 387 individuals were on death row, including a woman with an infant child. The government of South Sudan maintains that a moratorium on executions has been observed since 2013, yet independent sources dispute this claim. Since gaining independence in 2011, South Sudan has executed 39 people.
The Advocates and the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty concluded the report with questions for the Government of South Sudan. Some suggestions include:
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