Sierra Leone

As tribunal closes, UN chief hails achievements in ensuring accountability in Sierra Leone

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated the staff of the United Nations-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), which closes today, on their important achievements over the past 11 years in ensuring accountability for crimes committed during the country’s decade-long civil war.

Prosecutor welcomes UN-backed court’s decision to uphold Charles Taylor conviction

The Prosecutor of the United Nations-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) today welcomed the court’s decision to uphold the conviction of former Liberian President Charles Taylor for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

UN envoy urges Sierra Leoneans to work together to advance democracy, development

A senior United Nations official today called on all Sierra Leoneans to set aside their differences and work together to advance economic development and democracy, as the world body prepares to wrap up its mission there next year.

Inter-religious cooperation can be vital asset for rebuilding Sierra Leone – UN expert

Sierra Leone's religious communities have a crucial role to play in helping to overcome the legacy of war, an independent United Nations human rights expert stated today, adding that cooperation between them will be an asset in the process of rebuilding and reconciliation.

Ahead of drawdown, Security Council extends UN office in Sierra Leone for one year

The Security Council today extended the United Nations mission in Sierra Leone until 31 March 2014, by when it should be fully drawn down and its responsibilities transferred to the UN country team.

Sierra Leone must continue to work to maintain gains from transition – UN official

A United Nations official today praised the progress made by Sierra Leone since the end of its civil war 10 years ago, and stressed that the country must continue to strengthen its institutions to maintain the achievements made during its transition process.

UN team visits Sierra Leone to support women’s empowerment

Ahead of International Women’s Day, a team of United Nations agency representatives arrived in Sierra Leone today to support gender equality and to gain international attention for a new national policy meant to recognize the critical role of women in achieving broad-based economic growth and consolidating peace efforts.