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HRCSL Bumbuna Public Inquiry Report 2012

Report of the Public Inquiry into Alleged Human Rights Violations in Bumbuna, Tonkolili District in Relation to the Events of 16TH, 17TH and 18TH April, 2012, in accordance with Section 7 (2) (a) of the Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone Act, 2004 and Section 42 of the Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone
(Complaint, Investigations and Inquiries) Rules, 2008

The events of the 16thto18th April, 2012 in Bumbuna were a stark reminder that peace cannot be taken for granted. People had to flee their homes in search of safety while others had to endure the pain of bodily injuries. Others suffered fear that these events were a sign that the old dark days of the war can return at any time. People lost property and had their homes vandalized.

When such events take place, people want to know why they happened and what can be done to help those affected. Through the media and other fora including social media such as Facebook, people made many grave allegations that needed to be investigated. That is what we sought to do. The Commission, upon consideration of the report of its preliminary investigations and the Incident Report filed by the Human Rights Officer - Northern Region, decided to conduct a Public Inquiry into Alleged Human Rights Violations in Bumbuna in Relation to the Events of the 16th, 17th and 18th April 2012, which commenced on 1stJune 2012.

The Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone is mandated by law to investigate such events and recommend action that can prevent their recurrence and where possible, provide redress to the victims as a means of promoting and protecting human rights in Sierra Leone.

In the course of the Inquiry, the Commission received a lot of information which it
used to understand what happened in Bumbuna. The Commission hopes that this
report will contribute to securing our hard earned peace by making human rights real for all those affected by the events of the 16th - 18th April, 2012.