Sierra Leone

Security Council lifts sanctions against Sierra Leone

The Security Council today lifted the arms embargo and other sanctions it imposed on Sierra Leone more than 12 years ago during the civil war that left at least 75,000 people dead and many more maimed.

Sierra Leone at critical juncture in peacebuilding efforts, UN warned

Sierra Leone, often cited as a success story in United Nations efforts to consolidate peace in countries that have been ravaged by conflict, faces good opportunities but also major risks from upcoming elections and newly found mineral wealth, a senior UN official said today.

Sierra Leone outlines priorities for national advancement in address to UN

Sierra Leone has made impressive advances to consolidate peace and rebuild the economy in the wake of the end of its civil war, but the country still needs to make further progress on human rights, corruption, drug trafficking and governance, its President told the United Nations today.

Youth unemployment and corruption among Sierra Leone’s biggest hurdles – UN

Although Sierra Leone has made strides in consolidating peace and fostering national reconciliation, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says that the West African nation must address the issues of high youth unemployment and corruption to ensure that the gains are not reversed.

Actress to testify before UN-backed war crimes trial of former Liberian leader

The actress and humanitarian activist Mia Farrow is set to give evidence on Monday about blood diamonds that are the current focus of testimony at the ongoing trial of the former Liberian president Charles Taylor at a United Nations-backed war crimes tribunal.

Prominent model ordered to testify before UN-backed war crimes court for Sierra Leone

Judges at the United Nations-backed war crimes court in Sierra Leone today ordered the high-profile British model Naomi Campbell to give evidence later this month about a blood diamond in the ongoing trial of the notorious former Liberian president Charles Taylor.

Ban lauds Sierra Leone’s advances in firming up stability

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today hailed the “tremendous progress” Sierra Leone has made in consolidating peace and development less than one decade after the end of the West African nation’s brutal civil war.

Ban wraps up Africa trip with stop in Sierra Leone

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with the leader of Sierra Leone and survivors of the country’s brutal civil war today, capping off his five-country tour of Africa.

Sierra Leonean judge re-elected head of UN-backed war crimes tribunal

Justice Jon Kamanda of Sierra Leone has been re-elected to serve as President of the United Nations-backed war crimes tribunal set up to deal with the worst acts committed during the long and brutal civil war in the West African nation.

New radio station created in Sierra Leone as UN outlet and State broadcaster merge

Sierra Leone’s State radio broadcaster has merged with the United Nations station in the West African country to form a new entity that aims to become an independent and professional provider of news and entertainment across the nation.