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Sierra Leone

Truth and Reconciliation Commission

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Sierra Leone (2000-2004) was tasked with investigating violations and abuses of human rights from the 1991 armed conflict until the signing of the Lomé Peace Agreement in 1999. The commission aimed to investigate key events during that period and patterns of human rights violations while restoring dignity to victims of the abuses by conducting private interviews. Additionally, the commissioners were to have access to all necessary resources that they could need for the process. The mandate specifically notes that children and victims of sexual abuse would be given special attention in the process. The commission was tasked with producing a report to the president with legal, political and general recommendations to assist the country in addressing past abuses and preventing future human rights violations, which it submitted to the president of Sierra Leone in 2004.

Established Conflict Period
Mandate Final Report Peace Agreement
2000, by legislation 1991-1999 Truth and Reconciliation Commission Act of 2000 2004 Final Report Vol. 1; Vol. 2; Vol. 3B; Appendices 1999 Lomé Peace Accord

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