Sierra Leone

Prosecutor welcomes sentences for Sierra Leonean ex-rebels by UN-backed court

The Prosecutor of the United Nations-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) today welcomed the sentences handed down to three men who led a rebel movement during the most brutal phase of the West African nation’s decade-long civil war.

Sierra Leone: UN-backed court convicts three rebel leaders for war crimes

Three men who led a rebel movement during the most brutal phase of Sierra Leone’s decade-long civil war have been found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity, a United Nations spokesperson said today.

Building peace in Sierra Leone requires both patience and urgency – UN envoy

The daunting challenges that still face Sierra Leone, seven years after a brutal civil war, require both urgent action and patience on the part of the international community, the head of the United Nations operations in the West African country told the Security Council today.

International drug trafficking poses biggest threat to Sierra Leone, UN warns

Although Sierra Leone continues to progress in consolidating peace six year after a devastating civil war, more remains to be done to make the achievements irreversible, with international drug trafficking posing a critical threat to stability in the impoverished West African country and the region at large, according to a United Nations report released today.

Sierra Leonean refugees in Liberia move to new homes after UN-funded repairs

Sixteen refugee families living in Liberia now have a place to call home thanks to the efforts of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) which funded the rehabilitation of 32 houses for Sierra Leoneans who cannot go back to their homeland or are unwilling to repatriate.