Presiding judges elected to Sierra Leone war crimes court

Judges serving on a "mixed court" set up to try war crimes in Sierra Leone have elected from among themselves two to preside over key chambers, the United Nations and the Freetown Government announced today.

Security Council votes to continue ban on rough diamonds from Sierra Leone

The United Nations Security Council today voted unanimously to extend for another six months the global ban on the direct and indirect importation of all rough diamonds from Sierra Leone.

Judges sworn-in for UN-backed special court for Sierra Leone

The eight judges making up the United Nations-supported Special Court for Sierra Leone, which has jurisdiction to try individuals responsible for offences committed during the course of the country’s 10-year long civil war, have been sworn in at a ceremony in the capital, Freetown.

Gains in Sierra Leone vulnerable unless government asserts role in security, Annan warns

The Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, today warned that stability in Sierra Leone would remain vulnerable unless the Government extends its authority throughout the country, restores control over national resources, and begins to assume responsibility for security.

Progress in Sierra Leone peace process enables more human rights work, UN reports

Sierra Leone’s remarkable progress in implementing the peace process has opened up human rights work in the country to address past abuses and violations, advocacy, capacity building, education and institution building, according to a new report by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Backing Sierra Leone's peace efforts, Security Council extends UN mission for 6 months

In a bid to support the Government of Sierra Leone's efforts to continuing building on the peace process, the Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission in the country (UNAMSIL) for six months.

Security Council to respond to proposals on UN mission in Sierra Leone, President says

The Security Council intends to respond to recent proposals by Secretary-General Kofi Annan to adjust the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL), the President of the 15-member body said today.

Sierra Leone: Annan proposes gradual downsizing of UN mission in response to progress

With Sierra Leone making "steady and remarkable" progress in a number of important areas, Secretary-General Kofi Annan has recommended that the United Nations mission be adjusted and eventually downsized as the first step towards a gradual handover of security and other responsibilities to the country's Government.

Security Council members commend steps to regulate Sierra Leone diamond trade

Members of the Security Council today commended efforts by the Government of Sierra Leone to monitor the diamond trade through the creation of a mechanism to oversee and control domestic mining.

Sierra Leone: UN official pledges efforts to boost resources for refugee camps

After touring refugee camps near Sierra Leone's border with Liberia, where fighting has produced an intermittent influx of people as clashes flare, a senior United Nations official has pledged greater efforts to bolster the resources available at the sites.