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- Sierra Leone/Guinea: Cholera Outbreak - Feb 2012
- West/Central Africa: Floods - Jun 2010
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- Sierra Leone: Floods and Landslides - Aug 2009
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End Exclusion from School for Married, Pregnant Students
African Governments Should Do More to End Female Genital Mutilation
Bahati was 10 years old when she was told she should “get prepared to become a real Maasai woman.” She knew what this meant. Her sister had been told the same thing when she had turned 10. “They cut her and forced her to marry a month later,” Bahati recalled. “I started crying. I was afraid.”
Protect Health Workers, Limit Quarantines, Promote Transparency
(Nairobi, September 15, 2014) –West African governments should ensure rights protections as a crucial element in controlling the unprecedented Ebola epidemic ravaging the region, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch expressed its sympathy to the families, friends, and colleagues of those who have died as a result of the Ebola outbreak, and recognized the courage of many health workers and others in caring for the sick.
International Justice: Taylor trial sets positive example
Sierra Leone Special Court Offers Lessons for Prosecuting Highest-Level Suspects
(New York) - Member states of the International Criminal Court (ICC) should use the upcoming review conference in Kampala, Uganda to push forward justice for the worst international crimes, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.
Des engagements concrets sont nécessaires pour renforcer la Cour pénale internationale
(New York, le 10 mai 2010) - Les états parties à la Cour pénale internationale (CPI) devraient utiliser la conférence de révision qui se tiendra prochainement à Kampala, en Ouganda, pour faire avancer la justice dans les affaires de crimes internationaux les plus graves, a déclaré Human Rights Watch dans un rapport publié aujourd'hui. Human Rights Watch a appelé les états parties à mettre à profit les préparatifs et les débats de la conférence, ainsi qu'à prendre des engagements de …
Global Initiative Expels 2 Countries That Lagged on Reform; Retains 16 Others
APRIL 16, 2010
The governments that lost their candidacies today should do everything they can to become more transparent and to address the problems that marred their candidacies.
by Corinne Dufka, chercheuse senior pour l'Afrique de l'Ouest
Moussa Dadis Camara avait déclaré que son coup d'état serait différent des autres, mais le massacre de nombreux manifestants tués par balle risque de mettre l'Afrique de l'Ouest en péril
C'était avec un sentiment de soulagement que les Guinéens avaient accueilli la nouvelle du coup d'état sans effusion de sang, survenu en décembre 2008 après le décès du président Lansana Conté, au pouvoir depuis 1984.
(New York, July 10, 2009) - The defense in the trial of the former Liberian president Charles Taylor before the Special Court for Sierra Leone is scheduled to open its case on July 13, 2009 in The Hague. Taylor, who was president of Liberia from 1997 to 2003, is expected to be the first defense witness and to take the stand on July 14.
Taylor is being tried on 11 counts of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other serious violations of international law committed during Sierra Leone's brutal 11-year armed conflict, which ended in 2002.
The long-running debate about whether seeking justice for grave international crimes interferes with prospects for peace has intensified as the possibility of national leaders being brought to trial for human rights violations becomes more likely. The International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague, which is mandated to investigate and prosecute war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide, has already issued its first arrest warrant for a sitting head of state-Sudan's president Omar al-Bashir.
(Dakar, Senegal, February 25, 2009) - The judgment by the Special Court for Sierra Leone in the case against leaders of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) will be handed down today. The public proceedings will be at 10:30 a.m. at the Special Court in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Issa Hassan Sesay, Morris Kallon, and Augustine Gbao were charged with war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other serious violations of international humanitarian law, including murder, extermination, rape, enslavement, child recruitment, and terrorizing the civilian population.
Reason for Fighting Cannot Reduce Penalties
(New York, May 28, 2008) - The decision by Sierra Leone's war crimes court to reject sentence reductions for two convicted militia members because they fought for a "legitimate cause" is crucial in ensuring justice for all victims of human rights violations, Human Rights Watch said today.
The appeals chamber of the United Nations-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone handed down its judgment on May 28 in the sentencing of Moinina Fofana and Allieu Kondewa.
President Koroma Should Adopt and Implement a Concrete Human Rights Agenda
(Dakar, November 14, 2007) - Sierra Leone's new president, Ernest Bai Koroma, should urgently address pressing human rights concerns in Sierra Leone, particularly striking deficiencies in the judicial system and ongoing corruption, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the president on the eve of his inauguration.
Since the end of its 11-year civil war in 2002, Sierra Leone has made limited progress in addressing the issues that gave rise to the conflict: endemic corruption, weak rule of law, …
Recommendations following the Presidential elections of 2007
H.E. President Ernest Bai Koroma
Republic of Sierra Leone
(New York, June 20, 2007) - The war crimes court for Sierra Leone has handed down the first convictions by a UN-backed tribunal for the crime of recruiting and using child soldiers. Human Rights Watch said that these convictions are a ground-breaking step toward ending impunity for commanders who exploit hundreds of thousands of children as soldiers in conflicts worldwide.
In Freetown today, the Special Court for Sierra Leone handed down verdicts against three accused men from the rebel Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC), one of three warring factions during Sierra Leone's …
What government is today's champion of human rights? Washington's potentially powerful voice no longer resonates after the US government's use of detention without trial and interrogation by torture. The administration of President George W. Bush can still promote "democracy"-the word it uses to avoid raising the thorny subject of human rights-but it cannot credibly advocate rights that it flouts.
As America's influence wanes, China's waxes. Yet China is hardly a leader on human rights.
On March 29, 2006 former Liberian President Charles Taylor was surrendered to the U.N.-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone. Taylor's surrender for trial provides an extraordinary opportunity for the people of Sierra Leone and West Africa to see justice done for atrocities committed during Sierra Leone's armed conflict since 1996.
Human Rights Watch and Other Groups Call for Accountability
Security Council to Be Briefed on Progress of Sierra Leone's U.N.-Backed War Crimes Court
(New York, May 24, 2005) - The United Nations Security Council should work toward the prompt surrender of former Liberian President Charles Taylor to Sierra Leone's U.N.-backed war crimes court, Human Rights Watch said today.
Charles Taylor should face trial for his alleged role in the death, rape, abduction, and mutilation of thousands of civilians during Sierra Leone's civil war. The U.N.