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OHCHR in Sierra Leone


Background

 
The United Nations Integrated Office in Sierra Leone (UNIOSIL) was established on 1 January 2006 to coordinate effectively with the UN system in Sierra Leone to help the country consolidate peace and assist the Government of Sierra Leone in strengthening the capacity of State institutions, rule of law, human rights, and the security sector; accelerate the Millennium Development Goals; improve transparency; and build capacity to hold free and fair elections in 2007. UNIOSIL has succeeded a large UN peacekeeping operation in Sierra Leone , the UN Assistance Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL), which was deployed from October 1999 to December 2005 when it successfully completed its mandate.

In furtherance of these objectives, UNIOSIL, in collaboration with the government, has developed a peace consolidation strategy that is being implemented jointly with the government, the UN Country Team and development partners. Human Rights and Rule of Law has been identified as one of the key pillars of the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF). 

2006-2007 Programme

 
The mandate of the UNIOSIL Human Rights and Rule of Law Section includes assisting the Government in 1) building the capacity of institutions combating the root causes of the conflict, 2) establishing the National Human Rights Commission; 3) developing a national Action Plan for human rights ; and 4) strengthening the rule of law, including by developing the independence and the capacity of the justice system.

In furtherance of this mandate, OHCHR, jointly with UNAMSIL, the Government of Sierra Leone, and the UN Country Team organized a three-day Human Rights Stakeholders Conference in Freetown , from 6 to 8 December 2005 to review the human rights situation in the country. The Conference assessed the successes, challenges, and constraints and identified a number of priority human rights challenges in four thematic areas: i) legislative development and legal reform; ii) implementation of recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report; iii) institutional development; and iv) capacity building

Building upon the foundation laid by UNAMSIL, UNIOSIL will consolidate the creation of a culture of respect for human rights and the rule of law through human rights education. To detect early warning signals and prevent a relapse to violence, UNIOSIL will monitor the human rights situation in the country and periodically report on them to the appropriate institutions of government with the view of taking the appropriate corrective actions.

No foundation for peace and stability can be laid in a country emerging from conflict if it is not grounded on respect for the rule of law. UNIOSIL Human Rights Section will assist in strengthening the rule of law, promote the independence of the judiciary, and enhance the capacity of the police and correction systems in conformity with international standards and principles. In this regard, UNIOSIL will facilitate the ratification and domestication of relevant international human rights treaties by government; harmonize existing legislation with international standards; enhance compliance with the reporting obligation of the Government under human rights treaty bodies; and improve access to justice.

The implementation of the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) is crucial to the consolidation of peace in Sierra Leone . UNIOSIL Human Rights and Rule of Law Section will provide technical support to the government of Sierra Leone for the implementation of the recommendations of the TRC; facilitate wide dissemination and sensitization on the TRC Report; and facilitate the establishment of a "Trust Fund" for the implementation of the reparations program. 

Expected Accomplishments

 
A national Human Rights Commission established.

A national Action Plan for human rights formulated.

Key recommendations of the TRC implemented.

Rule of Law strengthened and access to justice improved.

Increased respect for women's rights, child rights and the rights of vulnerable groups.

National capacity for the promotion and protection of human rights strengthened

National reconciliation promoted. 

Contact Information

Headquarters

Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division (FOTCD)
Contact is in Geneva, Switzerland.

Africa Section
Tel. +41 22 928 9694

 
Field

United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Sierra Leone - (UNIPSIL)
Tel. (1) 212 963 9588
Freetown, Sierra Leone
Email: balbinb@un.org

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