Annual Report 2013
The state of the world's human rights

26 April 2012

Charles Taylor guilty of aiding Sierra Leone war crimes

Charles Taylor guilty of aiding Sierra Leone war crimes
Charles Taylor was accused of backing rebels who killed tens of thousands during Sierra Leone's civil war

Charles Taylor was accused of backing rebels who killed tens of thousands during Sierra Leone's civil war

© JERRY LAMPEN/AFP/Getty


While today's conviction brings some measure of justice to the people of Sierra Leone, Taylor and the others sentenced by the Special Court are just the tip of the iceberg.
Source: 
Brima Abdulai Sheriff, Director of Amnesty International Sierra Leone

International judges in the Hague have found former Liberian president Charles Taylor guilty of aiding and abetting war crimes during the Sierra Leone civil war.

"There is no doubt that today's verdict sends an important message to high-ranking state officials; no matter who you are or what position you hold, you will be brought to justice for crimes," said Brima Abdulai Sheriff, Director of Amnesty International Sierra Leone.

“This verdict can also be seen as a reminder for Taylor’s home country Liberia that those responsible for the crimes committed during Liberia’s conflict must be brought to justice.”

"While today's conviction brings some measure of justice to the people of Sierra Leone, Taylor and the others sentenced by the Special Court are just the tip of the iceberg,” said Sheriff.

“Thousands of persons suspected of criminal responsibility for incidences of unlawful killings, rape and sexual violence, mutilations and the use of children in Sierra Leone’s armed conflict have never been investigated, much less prosecuted."

"Sadly, only a limited number of Sierra Leone's thousands of victims who bear the terrible scars of the conflict have received reparations, despite the Lomé Peace Accord and the clear recommendations by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)," said Sheriff. 

"Reparations are integral to achieving justice for the victims and assisting them to rebuild their lives."

As one survivor of a double amputation to the arms told Amnesty International, “There are no plans to make reparations for victims. We have been asking them for years throughout the court proceedings to find ways and means to compensate us but victims are still languishing in the streets and begging for a living.”

Issue

Crimes Against Humanity And War Crimes 

Country

Liberia 
Sierra Leone 

Region

Africa 

@amnestyonline on twitter

News

31 October 2014

UN peacekeepers and the Congolese authorities must act urgently to protect civilians from a spate of sporadic attacks by armed rebels which has left at least 100 dead in... Read more »

30 October 2014

The fourth anniversary of the killing of an outspoken community leader in Maranhão state must be a wake-up call to the Brazilian government to urgently address increasing... Read more »

29 October 2014

The death sentence against a leading opposition figure in Bangladesh for war crimes will not bring justice to the millions of victims of the independence war.

Read more »
30 October 2014

 The onus is on the UK government to answer allegations for its role in the Abdul Hakim Belhaj rendition case.

Read more »
30 October 2014

Lawless militias and armed groups on all sides of the conflict in western Libya are carrying out rampant human rights abuses, including war crimes, according to a new... Read more »