Back to RJ Archive

Sierra Leone: A long and difficult journey to reconciliation — The role of civil society.

Caulker, John
June 4, 2015

Source: (2010) paper presented at the African Transitional Justice Research Network Workshop “Advocating Justice: Civil Society and Transitional Justice in Africa” 30–31 August 2010, Johannesburg, South Africa

Since the country’s 11-year war ended, an internationally designed Truth and Reconciliation
Commission (TRC) has come and gone, while the United Nations-backed criminal court is
about to wrap up its final deliberations in the prosecutions of about 10 men deemed most
responsible for fomenting the conflict. The Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) was set up
jointly by the government of Sierra Leone and the United Nations (UN). It is mandated to try
those who bear the greatest responsibility for serious violations of international humanitarian
law and Sierra Leonean law committed in Sierra Leone since 30 November 1996. Currently,
the three cases being heard in Freetown have been completed, including appeals. The trial
of former Liberian President Charles Taylor is in the defense phase at The Hague.
In order to maximize civil society input in the implementation of these institutions, two
coalitions were established: first, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Working Group
(TRCWG), which was tasked with coordinating civil society input into a credible TRC, and,
later, the Special Court Working Group, which was renamed the Coalition of Justice and
Accountability. This paper will detail the activities of the Working Group. (excerpt)


AbstractAfricaPost-Conflict ReconciliationRJ in Schools
Support the cause

We've Been Restoring Justice for More Than 40 Years

Your donation helps Prison Fellowship International repair the harm caused by crime by emphasizing accountability, forgiveness, and making amends for prisoners and those affected by their actions. When victims, offenders, and community members meet to decide how to do that, the results are transformational.

Donate Now