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Universal Periodic Review Report - Sierra Leone

This submission examines Sierra Leone’s progress in implementing transitional justice commitments incumbent on the authorities under the Lomé Peace Agreement (LPA) and international law. Sierra Leone has either acceded to or ratified a number of human rights treaties including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. While Sierra Leone has made progress on its obligations to provide justice to victims of serious human rights violations, it needs to work harder toward implementing the recommendations of Sierra Leone’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), supporting and funding Sierra Leone’s reparations program, getting the domestic justice system more involved in the remaining operations of the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), and extending outreach around the court’s activities—particularly about the Charles Taylor trial and post-sentencing residual issues