Sierra Leone: UN mission steps up border patrols against infiltration from Liberia

The United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) has stepped up around-the-clock air, land and river patrols along the West African country's borders with Guinea and Liberia to prevent illegal infiltration resulting from efforts to disarm former combatants in Liberia's civil wars.

UN war crimes tribunal in Sierra Leone withdraws indictments

The United Nations-backed war crimes tribunal for Sierra Leone announced today that it has formally dropped indictments against two prominent former rebel leaders, Foday Sankoh and Sam Bockarie, saying it has no doubt that the two men have died.

Sierra Leonean refugees in Guinea and Liberia resume repatriation - UN agency

Sierra Leoneans have been returning home from Guinea by land this week, after a three-month hiatus due to the rainy season, a spokesman for the United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) said today.

Sierra Leonean refugees returning home from Liberia – UN agency

The United Nations refugee agency today reported the repatriation, from Liberia, of the first group of Sierra Leoneans to return to their home country since the signing of a truce in August between the Liberian Government and two rebel groups.

UN and Sierra Leonean forces begin joint border operations

Troops from the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) have launched a joint border operation with local police and air force units, designed to increase security in the frontier with Liberia, and to enhance Sierra Leone’s armed forces’ capabilities.

UN Security Council extends mission in Sierra Leone for six months

The Security Council today unanimously agreed to extend for six months the mandate of the United Nations mission in Sierra Leone and stressed the importance of continued support to the West African country’s Government in consolidating stability, reintegrating ex-combatants, repatriating refugees and respecting human rights and the rule of law.

Future of former child soldiers in Sierra Leone at risk – UNICEF

(UNICEF) warned today that the future of thousands of Sierra Leonean children who once fought one of the world’s most vicious civil wars has now been thrown into doubt by a shortfall in funding for on-going education re-integration programmes.

UN-backed Sierra Leone court indicts Liberian President Charles Taylor

A United Nations-backed court in Sierra Leone announced today that it has indicted Liberian President Charles Taylor for war crimes and issued an international warrant for his arrest.

Sierra Leone UN-backed Court takes custody of alleged body of former rebel leader

Officials from the United Nations-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone have taken custody of the body reported to be that of indicted war criminal Sam Bockarie and are set to conduct an independent forensic examination to confirm its identity and determine the cause of death.

Sierra Leone rebel commander pleads innocent to attacks on UN peacekeepers

A former rebel commander during Sierra Leone's decade-long civil war has pleaded innocent to 17 counts of crimes against humanity - including four attacks against United Nations peacekeepers.