Stakeholders trained on witness protection

Stakeholders trained on witness protection
Witness protection is security provided to a threatened person providing testimonial evidence to the justice system. [Courtesy]

The Technical Committee on Transitional Justice (TCTJ) conducted a three-day training on victim and witness protection on Friday in Juba.

The training brought together various stakeholders, including civil society organisations and members of a working group, to make a clear recommendation regarding the protection of victims and witnesses in the exercise of the truth, reconciliation, and healing.

The course, which has drawn participants from several states, focuses on how victims and witnesses can be protected while carrying out the tasks of truth, reconciliation, and healing.

During a press conference on Victim and Witness Protection, provided for under the Commission on Truth, Reconciliation, and Healing (CTRH), Ochan Dominic Otto, a member of a civil society organization from Eastern Equatoria State, told journalists that training is supposed to be on risk assessments that should be made in every circumstance.

 “The term does not make the assessment alone; the victim and witness have to be consulted and the assessments have to be shared with them,” “he explained

Opio Moses Korruk, the Deputy Chair of the Technical Committee that led to the establishment of the Commission for Truth and Reconciliation in South Sudan, spoke about the various types of people who need to be protected.