UN has made ‘significant progress’ in supporting peace in Sierra Leone

The United Nations mission in Sierra Leone has made “significant progress” in supporting the Government to consolidate peace in the country, by strengthening the security sector, by promoting human rights and the rule of law, and by helping prepare for upcoming elections, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a new report.

Local human rights bodies in Sierra Leone benefit from UN-provided facilities

Local committees tasked with monitoring, investigating and reporting on human rights violations in Sierra Leone will now be able to work out of new resource centres provided by the United Nations mission in the West African country and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

Sierra Leone: UN raises awareness of laws to curb violence against women

Two United Nations agencies have joined forces with a local non-governmental organization (NGO) in Sierra Leone to heighten awareness of three new gender laws, passed by the West African nation’s Parliament, in a bid to reduce the level of violence and abuse against women.

Sierra Leone: UN starts initiative to improve monitoring of prison conditions

Human rights officers with the United Nations peace mission in Sierra Leone will tomorrow begin holding a three-day training exercise to improve the standard of monitoring of prison conditions across the West African country.

Sierra Leone: UN-backed court upholds jail sentences for rebel leaders

The United Nations-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) today upheld the long jail sentences it handed down last year to three former rebel leaders convicted of multiple counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity during the country’s brutal civil war in the 1990s.

Secretary-General outlines plan for reduced UN presence in Sierra Leone

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has presented detailed proposals for reducing the number of staff at the United Nations Integrated Office in Sierra Leone (UNIOSIL), which is due to be replaced by a leaner integrated political office in September.

Taylor trial at UN-backed court ‘historic’ in ending impunity, says prosecutor

The Chief Prosecutor of the United Nations-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) today stressed the “historic” importance of the war crimes trial of former Liberian leader Charles Taylor in signalling an end to impunity, even at the highest level.

Security Council extends UN office in Sierra Leone for final nine months

The Security Council today extended for a final period of nine months the mandate of the United Nations Integrated Office in Sierra Leone (UNIOSIL), during which the operation would take steps to progressively reduce its strength with a view to completing its mandate by next September.

Secretary-General proposes scaling down UN presence in Sierra Leone

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has proposed replacing the current United Nations operation in Sierra Leone, when it completes its mandate next September, with a leaner integrated office to assist the West African nation in consolidating peace.

Greater public awareness of Sierra Leone rights report aim of UN-backed review

Ongoing efforts to implement the findings of Sierra Leone’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), meant to help heal rifts left by 11 years of bloody civil war, are the focus of a two-day meeting that began today in Freetown under the auspices of the United Nations and the country’s main human rights body.