Sierra Leone

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.

Danish national appointed to lead UN peacebuilding efforts in Sierra Leone

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Jens Anders Toyberg-Frandzen of Denmark to spearhead United Nations efforts to assist Sierra Leone in consolidating its hard-won peace.

Construction of UN-supported hydro power plant begins in Sierra Leone

The construction of a United Nations-supported hydro power plant has commenced in north-western Sierra Leone, in an effort to bring electricity to the local community, which is expected to benefit from improved irrigation, water and sanitation services and increased businesses opportunities.

Ahead of elections, UN envoy calls on Sierra Leone’s politicians to put national interests first

Ahead of presidential elections later this year and amidst reports of the importation of assault weapons, the outgoing head of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Mission in Sierra Leone (UNIPSIL) today called on the country’s political establishment to put the country’s national interests ahead of its own political ambitions.

UN-backed court to deliver judgment in Charles Taylor trial next month

The United Nations-backed court set up to try suspects indicted for war crimes in Sierra Leone announced today that the judgment in the trial of the former Liberian President, Charles Taylor, will be delivered on 26 April.