Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone: Ban congratulates winner of presidential election, calls for unity

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated Ernest Bai Koroma on his win in Sierra Leone’s presidential election, and called on him and all political leaders in the country to maintain calm and work towards unity and reconciliation.

Sierra Leone: Ban lauds peaceful conduct of polls and high voter turnout

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday congratulated the people of Sierra Leone for the peaceful and orderly elections held yesterday, the first to be run entirely by the Government since the end of the West African nation's brutal civil war 10 years ago.

Sierra Leone elections are a ‘turning point’ for the country, says UN envoy

As Sierra Leone heads towards its third national elections since the end of its civil war, the top United Nations envoy in the West African country today urged voters to refrain from election-related violence, noting that the vote was a turning point in the country’s post-conflict history.

Sierra Leone elections must be carried out peacefully to ensure progress – Ban

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today strongly encouraged Sierra Leoneans to ensure that national elections on Saturday are carried out peacefully to build on the progress made since the end of the country’s civil war ended a decade ago.

Ahead of Sierra Leone elections, UN Peacebuilding Commission pledges continued support

In calling for “peaceful and impartial” elections on Saturday in Sierra Leone, the component of the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission that deals with the West African country pledged continued support for the Government and the people of Sierra Leone in their “arduous task of building a democratic nation.”

Three men jailed for contempt by UN-backed Sierra Leone war crimes court

The United Nations-backed court trying war crimes in Sierra Leone today sentenced three senior members of the country’s former Armed Forces Revolutionary Council to jail terms ranging from 18 months to two years for contempt in tampering with a former prosecution witness.

Three men found guilty of contempt at UN-backed Sierra Leone war crimes court

The United Nations-backed court set up to try suspects indicted for war crimes in Sierra Leone today found three senior members of the country’s former Armed Forces Revolutionary Council guilty of contempt for tampering with a former prosecution witness.

Security Council extends UN presence in Sierra Leone, calls for credible elections

The Security Council today extended until the end of March 2013 the United Nations mission assisting Sierra Leone with peacebuilding and long-term development, and called on all actors to ensure that upcoming elections are held in a peaceful, inclusive and credible manner.

Upcoming polls can help consolidate Sierra Leone’s hard-won peace, say UN officials

Sierra Leone is making steady progress in rebuilding after a devastating civil war, United Nations officials told the Security Council today, adding that forthcoming elections are an opportunity to further consolidate peace and the achievements of the past decade.

At UN-backed court, Charles Taylor denies role in Sierra Leone atrocities

Convicted former Liberian President Charles Taylor told the United Nations-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) today that he was saddened by the atrocities and crimes committed in Sierra Leone, but denied that he aided the rebels who committed the abuses.