Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone can set example for other countries, says UN envoy

The United Nations envoy to Sierra Leone said today that the peaceful resolution of recent violence in the West African nation could set an example for other countries.

UN envoy to Liberia honours Mongolian peacekeepers in Sierra Leone

The top United Nations envoy to Liberia today paid tribute to the Mongolian blue helmets, tasked with protecting the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), for their efforts to promote peacebuilding in West Africa.

UN envoy praises political leadership in Sierra Leone

A senior United Nations official today said that Sierra Leone’s political leadership deserves praise for signing an agreement that brought an end to the “spiral of violence” in the West African nation.

Sierra Leone: recent violence underscores need for international support – Ban

A recent eruption of political violence in Sierra Leone reinforces the need for the international community’s continued support for the West African nation’s efforts to rebuild following a brutal 11-year civil war, according to a new report by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Judges at UN-backed court dismiss motion to acquit Charles Taylor

Judges at the United Nations-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone have rejected a request to acquit the former President of Liberia, Charles Taylor, on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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.