Investigating Violations

The task of the Monitoring and Verification Team is to monitor compliance by the Parties, and armed groups either under their control or invited to support them to the PCTSA. The MVTs patrol their areas of responsibility and gather information on potential violations which they immediately report to the CTSAMM HQ. This can include reports of military fighting, movements of forces, blockage of aid routes, forced recruitment of child soldiers and attacks on civilians, as well as inciting propaganda, movement of troops and other activities prohibited by the ACOH.

The CTSAMM can initiate investigations based on its own findings. Allegations of violations can also be submitted to the CTSAMM by the two Parties, by members of the public and communities, or third parties such as non-governmental and multilateral organizations.

Upon receipt of an allegation, the CTSAMM Chairperson initiates a preliminary investigation and may task an MVT field team to carry out further enquiries. This can include site visits, interviews with military forces, civil authorities, members of the public and humanitarian organisations. The MVT is entitled to visit any location and speak to anyone without hindrance.

Once the MVT has completed an investigation they compile an investigation report which is sent to CTSAMM HQ. HQ staff, including investigative and legal experts then compile a violation report for the Chairman.

The CTSAMM Board which includes members of the Warring Parties and the international community as well as non political South Sudanese stakeholders  review the findings and recommendations in the CTSAMM reports and the Party members can be asked what action they are taking to ensure the parties to avoid further conflict. The CTSAMM Chairperson also sends the reports to the JMEC and the IGAD Council of Ministers. The reports are then published by the JMEC.

Where We Work

MVT's Locations in South Sudan
The map shows the MVT’s locations within South Sudan.