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Encyclopedia > Sierra Leone Civil War
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Sierra Leone: A Call for Justice (2001) (800 words)
On July 7, 1999 the government of Sierra Leone and rebels signed a peace agreement brokered by the United Nations, Organization of African Unity (OAU), and ECOWAS, committed the RUF to lay down its arms in exchange for representation in a new government.
International war crimes of the worst type were routinely and systematically committed against Sierra Leoneans of all ages.
Sierra Leone's human rights emergency provoked wide condemnation from the international community and served to galvanize diplomatic efforts to bring about a negotiated solution to the eight-year civil war.
Sierra Leone (04/08) (4408 words)
Sierra Leone is a republic with an executive president and a multi-party system of government with a 124-seat parliament (112 elected members and 12 paramount chiefs).
Sierra Leone continues to rely on significant amounts of foreign assistance, principally from multilateral donors.
Sierra Leone is a member of the UN and its specialized agencies, the Commonwealth, the African Union (AU), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Development Bank (AFDB), the Mano River Union (MRU), the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), and the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).
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