SJAC seeks to comprehensively document international law violations committed by all parties to the conflict, but concrete information about SGBV has remained scarce. Survivors fear coming forward to document their experiences, established survivor-support services are scarce, and human rights documenters do not have the capacity to ethically document these types of cases.
Without documentation, SJAC will have difficulty promoting redress for survivors of SGBV once the transitional justice process begins.
To remedy these gaps, SJAC has identified the challenges and needs and has outlined steps for ethically addressing SGBV within its own work. This Policy outlines SJAC’s commitments to focusing on gender and SGBV in its policies, methodology, and documentation practices. It proceeds in three sections.