***Elections in Sierra Leone
- AdvocAid (Freetown, Sierra Leone)
"AdvocAid works with girls and women caught up in Sierra Leone’s often unjust legal system...works in ten towns across Sierra Leone to ensure these women and their children receive fair legal representation, are educated on their legal rights and offered rehabilitation support upon release."
- The Advocates for Human Rights on Sierra Leone (2005) Special project (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
This site only contains a brief summary of activities in the late 1990s up to 2004 and photo galleries. "The Advocates provides investigative fact finding, direct legal representation, collaboration for education and training, and a broad distribution of publications."
- African Centre of Excellence for Access to Justice: Sierra Leone (Johannesburg, South Africa)
The site provides a very brief overview of a program to support paralegal services in Sierra Leone. "...will facilitate comparative learning for primarily African legal empowerment programmes as well as international programmes and grow a community of best-practice."
- Anti Corruption Commission of Sierra Leone (Freetown)
"[Established in 2000 by the government]...to investigate instances of alleged or suspected corruption whether referred to it or not and to take such steps as may be necessary for the eradication or suppression of corrupt practices..." The site includes recent press releases and reports.
- Edward Wilmot Blyden, 1832-1912
- Amsterdam news. (New York): "Edward Wilmot Blyden: Father of the Pan-African Paradigm," February 1, 2018.
- Boston University, School of Theology--History of Missiology: "Blyden, Edward Wilmot (1832-1912)"
- Edward Wilmot Blyden: A "virtual museum" (published in 1995) on the great pan-Africanist (Eleumuno R. Blyden)
- From West Africa to Palestine. (1873) by Edward Wilmot Blyden. -- Freetown, Sierra Leone: T.J. Sawyer Publishers. 201 pages. via Google Books.
- Pambazuka news. (UK): "Edward Wilmot Blyden, grandfather of African liberation," July 6, 2011. By Cameron Duodu.
- Sierra Leone telegraph. (Freetown): "Edward Wilmot Blyden--Father of Pan-Africanism is a constant source of new perspectives long after his death," August 3, 2017.
- West Africa before Europe: and other addresses, delivered in England in 1901 and 1903. (1905) by Edward Wilmot Blyden. -- London: C.M. Phillips. 158 pages. --via Google Books
- 2010 Caine Prize for African Writing -- "Stickfighting Days," by Olufemi Terry, Previous Winner (London, UK)
Read the story
, via The New Internationalist (London); originally appeared in Chimurenga, vol. 12/13
- Centre for Accountability and The Rule of Law (Freetown, Sierra Leone)
"CARL has its origin in the Special Court Monitoring Group (SCMG), which was established in May 2004 as a partnership project of the International Centre for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) and the Coalition for Justice and Accountability (COJA) to exclusively monitor and produce objective reporting on proceedings before the Court for both local and international community."
- Columbia University: Who fights? The determinants of participation in civil war. (April 2008) by Macartan Humphreys and Jeremy M. Weinstein. American journal of political science, vol. 52, no. 2. (20 pages in PDF format)
- Coming back from the bush: gender, youth and reintegration in northern Sierra Leone. by Janneke van Gog (2008) -- Leiden, The Netherlands: African Studies Centre, Leiden University, 2008. via DSpace at Leiden University. (140 pages in PDF format)
- Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative on Sierra Leone (New Delhi, India; London, UK; Accra, Ghana)
"The CHRI is a non-partisan independent international non-governmental organisation. Human rights education and advocacy are at the core of all CHRI's activities, and the aims and ends of its reports and investigations."
- Conciliation Resources (London)
- Constitution of Sierra Leone (1999) PDF format. (via Sierra Leone Web, Peter C. Anderson et al., USA)
- Sierra Leone Court Monitoring Programme (Freetown)
"[Since 2005]...an independent monitoring programme comprising human rights and civil society activists committed to promoting judicial accountability in Sierra Leone. We do so by monitoring the Special Court for Sierra Leone
and our national institutions, starting with the National courts in Freetown. We hope soon to expand further to monitor the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC)
- "Cry Freetown" Web Site (Insight News Television, London, UK)
The web site features background information on the documentary film about the civil war in Sierra Leone, including footage of graphic violence, produced in 1999 in association with Insight News Television, UK. There is also a section on the 'history of Sierra Leone', information about the principal filmmaker, Sorious Samura, and a "Buy the video" section.
- "Daily Life in Sierra Leone" Exhibition at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Philadelphia)
"In 1936-37, Henry Usher Hall, Curator of General Ethnology, led the first Museum-sponsored expedition to sub-Saharan Africa. He spent seven months conducting ethnographic research among the Sherbro peoples of Sierra Leone." The web site features highlights from the photographs and other materials collected by Hall, accompanying texts, and links to related information on the history of Sierra Leone, to the Africa Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania Museum, and to the University of Pennsylvania Museum Archives.
- Elections 2018 and earlier in Sierra Leone
- ACE--Electoral Knowledge Project (USA): Sierra Leone--Legal Documents and Observation Reports, 2018 and eariler
- African Union on Sierra Leone 2018 General Elections: preliminary statement, March 7, 2018 and related documents
- BBC News: "Sierra Leone election: Julius Maada Bio fast-tracks presidential oath," April 5, 2018 ; "Sierra Leone votes in run-off between Maada Bio and Kamara, March 31, 2018 ; "Sierra Leone election: Julius Maada Bio beats Samura Kamara in first round," March 14, 2018
- European Union--Election Observation Mission, Sierra Leone 2018 (Freetown, Sierra Leone; Brussels, Belgium)
- Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone: Special Elections Report 2018 : A Human Rights Perspective
54 pages in PDF format
- IFES--International Foundation for Electoral Systems on Sierra Leone FAQ on 2018 Elections March 2, 2018 (Washington, DC)
- International Peace Institute--Global Observatory: "Sierra Leone's Election: New Opportunities, New Challenges," March 20, 2018." By John L. Hirsch and Lidia Cano. (New York)
- Sierra Express Media (Freetown):
--Sierra Leone People's Party (Party of presidential candidate Julius Maada Bio)
--All People's Congress (Party of presidential candidate Samura Kamara)
- Sierra Leone. National Electoral Commission on 2018 Elections (Freetown)
- Sierra Leone Telegraph. (Freetown): Election Watch (2018)
- 2012 Elections and earlier
- Friends of Sierra Leone (Washington, DC)
General information about the organization, its activities, and a newsletter from Sierra Leone. "Friends of Sierra Leone [founded in 1991 by former Peace Corps Volunteers and Sierra Leoneans] is a U.S.-based voluntary, not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving Sierra Leone. The Friends of Sierra Leone (FoSL) is non-political and supports all of Sierra Leone, regardless of ethnicity or region."
- Global Policy Forum on the UN Security Council: Sierra Leone, 2008 (New York)
- A frequently-updated archive of UN documents and discussion papers. "A group of citizens from several countries founded the Global Policy Forum in December 1993 to monitor global policy making at the United Nations."
- Special Court for Sierra Leone
- Government of Sierra Leone
- Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone (Freetown, Sierra Leone)
"[Established in 2004] The Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone (HRCSL)...became truly operational in 2007, although Commissioners took office in December, 2006."
--See especially: Human rights reports, 2010-- -and- Universal periodic review report (2010)
--Plus: Special Elections Report 2018 : A Human Rights Perspective
. 54 pages in PDF format
- Human Rights Watch on Sierra Leone (New York & Washington, DC)
- HRW on Sierra Leone: latest news and links
- "Whose Development?: Human Rights Abuses in Sierra Leone's Mining Boom." (February 2014) -- New York: HRW, 2014. 104 pages in PDF format.
- "Even a 'Big Man' Must Face Justice: lessons from the trial of Charles Taylor" (July 2012) --New York: HRW, 2012. 61 pages in PDF format
- "Sierra Leone landmark conviction of Liberian Ex-President" (April 2012) ; "Trying Charles Taylor in the Hague: making justice accessible to those most affected" (June 2006)
- "Justice in motion: the trial phase of the Special Court for Sierra Leone" (November 2005) Human Rights Watch report. (Online) ; vol. 17, no 14(A)
- "'We'll kill you if you cry' -- Sexual violence in the Sierra Leone conflict." (January 2003) Human Rights Watch report. (Online) ; vol. 15, no 1(A)
- Sierra Leone, 2002. In Human Rights Watch World Report 2003. (Online).
- Sierra Leone, 2001. In Human Rights Watch World Report 2002. (Online).
- Sierra Leone: a call for justice, 2000
- Sierra Leone, 2000. In Human Rights Watch World Report 2001. (Online).
- Sierra Leone, 1999. In Human Rights Watch World Report 2000. (Online).
- "Civil war in Sierra Leone, October 27, 1999" Focus on Human Rights
- "Forgotten children of war: Sierra Leonean refugee children in Guinea, 1999
- "Shocking war crimes in Sierra Leone: new testimonies...", Press Release, June 24, 1999
- HRW Campaign: "Civil war in Sierra Leone," June 24, 1999. Focus on Human Rights.
Campaign document, with links to photos, special reports, and press releases from past year on Sierra Leone and neighboring countries.
- "Sierra Leone: getting away with murder, mutilation, rape: new testimony from Sierra Leone." Human Rights Watch (Online), January 1999. 60 page report
- Sierra Leone, 1998-99 In Human Rights Watch World Report 1999. (Online).
- "Sierra Leone: sowing terror, atrocities against civilians in Sierra Leone."
Human Rights Watch (Online) ; v. 10, no. 3 (A) (July 1998)..
- Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre: Sierra Leone Profile (2004) Norwegian Refugee Council (Geneva, Switzerland)
For each country monitored, the document include an overall summary, population figures, social indicators, and some analyses. See also, the IDMC Homepage
- International Center for Transitional Justice on Sierra Leone (New York)
- International Crisis Group on Sierra Leone, 2001-- (Washington, DC ; Brussels, Belgium)
- International Bureau of Education on Sierra Leone (UNESCO, Geneva, Switzerland)
- International League for Human Rights: "'Killer' bills and decrees: the Sierra Leone media's struggle for survival" (2001) (Kakuna Kerina, Matthew Leone, and David Tam-Baryoh)
- International Legal Aid Group (UK): Sierra Leone Legal Aid Board Country Report, March 2017 26 pages in PDF format
- The Laws of Sierra Leone (1926 to present) (via Sierra Leone Web, Peter C. Andersen, USA)
- The Lawyers Centre for Legal Assistance -- Sierra Leone--Archived, 2011 (Freetown, Sierra Leone) --via Columbia University Libraries, Human Rights Web Archive (New York)
"LAWCLA was established in March 2001 ... an independent, non-political, non-profit making, public interest Human Rights Law centre which among other things, provides free legal assistance to indigent members of the public, undertakes research in Human Rights issues and facilitate the training of law enforcement and other public officials in human rights."
- Lomé Peace Agreement (July 7, 1999) ...between the Government of Sierra Leone and the Revolutionary United Front of Sierra Leone. --via Peace Accords Matrix. (Kroc Institute of International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame, Indiana) 28 pages in PDF format
--See also: United States Institute of Peace Library below
- MANSA: Mande Studies Association (via Department of Sociology and Anthropology, State University of New York at Cortland, New York)
- The website includes information about the association's publications and activities, its by-laws, a selection of photographs on Mande culture and daily life, a cultural map; plus related links. "[Founded in 1986] MANSA was organized to increase and encourage communication between scholars interested in all topics of study involving the Mande peoples of West Africa, and the neighbors with whom they interact on a regular basis."
- MANSA Membership Directory (2012)
- Mano River Women's Peace Network (2009) (Freetown, Sierra Leone)
"...to advocate for and promote at all decision-making levels the involvement of women and youth in the prevention, management and resolution of conflict in the Mano River sub-region, throughout Africa and the world..."
- Network Movement for Justice & Development (Freetown, Sierra Leone)
"...a Sierra Leonean civil society organization that engages in advocacy and strengthens/enhances the capacity of civil society organizations to effectively engage women, men, children, communities, government and other actors for the transformation of society."
See also: Archive
- Open Government Partnership: Sierra Leone Mid-Term Report 2016-2018 (Washington, DC)
"The Open Government Partnership formally launched on September 20, 2011, when the 8 founding governments (Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Norway, the Philippines, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States) endorsed the Open Government Declaration, and announced their country action plans...Sierra Leone’s second action plan covers a diverse range of issues including gender violence, waste management, climate change and elections. The next action plan could be made more relevant to civic participation and public accountability through inclusion of commitments on public service delivery and anti-corruption measures."
- Partnership Africa Canada on Sierra Leone (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)
- "PAC [founded in 1986] is a coalition of Canadian and African NGOs working together on issues of human rights, human security and sustainable development."
- War and peace in Sierra Leone: diamonds, corruption, and the Lebanese connection. (November 2002) By Lansana Gberie. -- Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: PAC, 2002. (PDF format)
- See also: Diamonds and Human Security Project--Publications
-- Other facets. (Online)
. -- Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Partnership Africa Canada, Diamonds and Human Security Project, 2001-- (PDF format)
"...a periodic newsletter about the international effort to end diamond-related conflict."
- "The Heart of the Matter: Sierra Leone, Diamonds and Human Security" (January 2000) by Ian Smillie, Lansana Gberie, Ralph Hazelton. PAC occasional papers. 99 pages in PDF format. See also: 15-page summary (PDF format)
- Physicians for Human Rights on Sierra Leone (2015) (Boston, Massachusetts and Washington, DC)
- Prison Watch Sierra Leone (Freetown)
"[Founded in 1996] We are a small team, inspired by our Human Rights convictions, who work together for the protection of the Rights of people in detention...Since our inception, we have monitored and reported on prisons and detention conditions and provided training for detention officers and Civil Society members on Human Rights."
--See especially: Prison reports
- Republic of Sierra Leone -- The Parliament (Freetown)
- Republic of Sierra Leone -- State House Office of the President. (Freetown)
- This official site features recent news, selected speeches, and basic information from the government, with only a few policy documents.
- Save the Children, UK---Publications on Sierra Leone (London, UK)
- SierraLeoneHeritage.org (Freetown, Sierra Leone; via University College London and University of Sussex, UK)
A collaborative project of The Sierra Leone National Museum, University College London, and University of Sussex, UK, containing a searchable database of digital images and videos. "...the main output of a research project (2009-2012) entitled ‘Reanimating Cultural Heritage: Digital Repatriation, Knowledge Networks and Civil Society Strengthening in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone’...concerned with innovating digital curatorship in relation to Sierra Leonean collections dispersed in the global museumscape. Building on research in anthropology, museum studies, informatics and beyond, the project considered how objects that have become isolated from the oral and performative contexts that originally animated them can be reanimated in digital space alongside associated images, video clips, sounds, texts and other media, and thereby be given new life."
- The Sierra Leone Memory Project (Tarrytown, New York)
"The Sierra Leone Memory Project is an oral history project dedicated to recording testimonies from survivors of the brutal civil war that occurred in Sierra Leone from 1991-2002, including former child soldiers, amputees, and rape victims... Full-length testimonies, as well as shorter and more accessible video clips, will be available to the public, accompanied by written transcripts for easy browsing online."
- Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission
- Sierra Leone Web (Peter C. Andersen)
- The site includes an archive of news reports for 1994-2003, links to current news, Krio texts, photographs, a list of historical newspapers, an e-mail directory of Sierra Leoneans at home and abroad, and related Web links.
- Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone -- Official Website (The Hague, The Netherlands ; Freetown, Sierra Leone)
"The Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone was established by an agreement between the United Nations and the Government of Sierra Leone to oversee the continuing legal obligations of the Special Court for Sierra Leone after its closure in 2013.
("The Special Court for Sierra Leone was set up...to try those who bear the greatest responsibility for serious violations of international humanitarian law and Sierra Leonean law committed in the territory of Sierra Leone since 30 November 1996.")
-- See also: Sierra Leone Court Monitoring Programme
- Talking Drum Studio in Salone (Search for Common Ground, Washington, DC; Freetown, Sierra Leone)
This web site, using "PodBean", features information --in Sierra Leone English-- about radio program broadcasts for youth, women, community building, and conflict resolution in Sierra Leone, with selected audio podcasts [mp3 format] of current news events, radio dramas, and discussions around development and social issues.
- United Nations on Sierra Leone
- UN Integrated Mission in Sierra Leone (2008 to present)
- UN Security Council & Secretary-General Report on UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Sierra Leone (June 2009) and related reports
- UN Development Programme in Sierra Leone -- Home Page
- UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on Sierra Leone (Geneva, Switzerland)
- UN Peacekeeping
- UN Peacebuilding Commission on Sierra Leone -- Documents (2006-2010)
- UN Peacebuilding Fund on Sierra Leone (New York)
Since March 2007, the UNPBF has been funding, monitoring and evaluating "peacebuilding" programs in Sierra Leone. "The PBF is managed, on behalf of the United Nations Secretary-General, by the Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support, supported by the Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO). The UNDP Multi-Donor Trust Fund Office (MDTF Office) is the PBF fund administrator."
- UN Demobilization, Disarmament, & Reintegration Resource Centre -- Documents on Sierra Leone, 2000-2004 [Search]
(UN Inter-Agency Working Group on DDR, New York)
- UNAMSIL: UN Mission in Sierra Leone, October 1999-December 2005
- UNOMSIL: UN Observer Mission in Sierra Leone, July 1998-October 1999
- UN Panel of Experts Appointed Pursuant to UN Security Council Resolution 1306 (2000), Paragraph 19 in Relation to Sierra Leone -- "Unofficial Text" of the Report on Diamonds and Arms in Sierra Leone (December 2000) (via ReliefWeb, UNOCHA, Geneva, Switzerland)
- UN High Commissioner for Refugees (Geneva, Switzerland)
- UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA):
- United States Agencies on Sierra Leone -- Politics & Human Rights
- Universities in Sierra Leone
- Women's Commission for Refugee Women & Children: Disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration and gender-based violence in Sierra Leone (2002) 23 pages in PDF format; excerpt from "Precious resouces: adolescents in the reconstruction of Sierra Leone." (New York)