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UN Peacebuilding Fund provides new police equipment for Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone’s police force has taken possession of $1 million worth of new security equipment paid for by the United Nations to help local authorities in their efforts to reduce criminal behaviour and ensure public order in the impoverished West African nation.

Secretary-General welcomes peaceful staging of polls in Sierra Leone

Welcoming the successful staging of Sierra Leone’s first presidential and parliamentary elections since United Nations peacekeepers departed at the end of 2005, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the people of the West African country to maintain calm as the votes are counted in the days ahead.

Secretary-General calls on Sierra Leonean voters to ensure peaceful elections

On the eve of Sierra Leone’s first presidential and parliamentary elections since the departure of United Nations peacekeepers two years ago, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appealed to voters in the West African nation to ensure a peaceful ballot.

Sierra Leone: UN workshop for police officers focuses on gender, human rights

The United Nations in collaboration with Sierra Leone’s Government today concluded a three-day workshop for national police officers covering gender issues, human rights, mediation and other topics aimed at ensuring next week’s parliamentary and presidential elections are free of violence in the formerly war-torn West African nation.

Two former militia leaders convicted by UN-backed tribunal in Sierra Leone

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

Sierra Leone: UN Radio expands coverage with 40 new reporters during elections

Radio broadcasts on Sierra Leone’s upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections will be considerably enhanced thanks to the recruitment of 40 new reporters covering the polling process, the United Nations Integrated Office in the country (UNIOSIL) reported today.

Play on – music serves as tool in UN-backed plan for peaceful elections in Sierra Leone

If music be the food of love, then it can also serve to promote peaceful elections in a country recovering from a disastrous decade-long civil war. Such is the updating of the famous line from Shakespeare adapted by the United Nations and its partners to fit the upcoming polls in Sierra Leone.

Sierra Leone: UN, partners voice ‘utmost concern’ at electoral violence

The United Nations and its international partners have voiced renewed concern at widely reported cases of intimidation and violence ahead of elections in Sierra Leone next month, calling on all concerned to avoid incitement and provocation in the small West African country that is still recovering from a disastrous decade-long civil war.

UN appeals to parties in Sierra Leone to avoid incitement to violence ahead of polls

The United Nations today appealed to all political parties in Sierra Leone to avoid inflammatory or provocative remarks that could lead to disturbances ahead of next month’s presidential and parliamentary elections, the second since the small West African country emerged from a disastrous decade-long civil war in 2002.

UN mission helps train Sierra Leonean election officials

The United Nations Integrated Office in Sierra Leone (UNIOSIL) and the National Electoral Commission have finished training nearly 50 district officers, ahead of next month’s presidential and parliamentary polls in the once war-torn West African nation.