Special Court for Sierra Leone

11 November 2007

The Special Court for Sierra Leone was established by the United Nations and the government of Sierra Leone to investigate and prosecute those bearing the greatest responsibility for crimes against humanity, war crimes and other crimes under national law committed in Sierra Leone since 30 November 1996.

The Special Court is located in Freetown, Sierra Leone. One case – the prosecution of Charles Taylor – has been moved to The Hague.

Since the Special Court was established, it has commenced proceedings against thirteen persons.

Amnesty International has raised concern that the jurisdiction did not extend to crimes that had been committed between 1991(when the conflict started) and 1996.

Furthermore, despite the activities of the Special Court to prosecute a small number of cases, Amnesty International is concerned that no effort has been made by the national authorities to investigate and prosecute thousands of other crimes committed during the conflict.

Amnesty International is campaigning for the Special Court, the national authorities of Sierra Leone and other countries exercising universal jurisdiction to ensure that all crimes committed in the country are investigated and prosecuted in accordance with the highest standards of justice, that the truth is told and that victims receive full and effective reparations.

 

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