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Police in Sierra Leone adopt UN-drafted guidelines on sexual abuse

Sierra Leonean police have adopted new policy guidelines on sexual abuse and exploitation that have been drafted by United Nations officials as part of their efforts to reduce the widespread levels of violence against women and girls in the West African country.

Sierra Leone: top UN envoy welcomes successful local elections

The top United Nations envoy to Sierra Leone today congratulated the people of the West African nation for yesterday's successful local council elections.

In Sierra Leone, new UN envoy assesses preparations for elections

The newly appointed United Nations envoy to Sierra Leone is travelling around the West African country to assess the level of preparations for upcoming local government elections next month.

UN advises ending of refugee status for Sierra Leoneans who fled country

The United Nations refugee agency says it is recommending that refugee status for Sierra Leoneans who fled their country should be ended because the root causes of the West African nation’s refugee problem have ceased to exist.

Austrian jurist elected new head of UN-backed tribunal in Sierra Leone

An experienced Austrian judge has been chosen as the new President of the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), the United Nations-backed war crimes tribunal set up to deal with the worst abuses during the long civil war in the West African country.

Sierra Leone: UN-backed court increases sentences for two former militia leaders

The United Nations-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) today increased the sentences of two former leaders of a pro-Government militia who were convicted last year of war crimes committed during the country’s prolonged civil war in the 1990s.

Secretary-General selects experienced UN official to head office in Sierra Leone

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed the experienced United Nations official Michael v. der Schulenburg as his Acting Executive Representative in Sierra Leone, the West African nation trying to rebuild with the help of the United Nations after a protracted civil war and years of misrule.

UN helping to train human rights workers in Sierra Leone

The United Nations is helping to train nearly two dozen newly-recruited human rights workers in Sierra Leone.

Political parties in Sierra Leone ‘committed’ to peaceful council elections – UN

Political parties in Sierra Leone have underscored their commitment to holding peaceful local council elections in July at an inter-party dialogue meeting hosted by the United Nations.

Sierra Leone’s socio-economic situation ‘hopeful,’ Security Council told

Sierra Leone’s prospects of moving forward and boosting its socio-economic situation is “hopeful,” a senior United Nations peacekeeping official told the Security Council today.