Sierra Leone


    No giving up, says Swiss NGO, after blood diamonds trial setback
    06.11.16
    Vony Rambolamanana, correspondent in Geneva

    There will be no “blood diamonds” trial of Michel Desaedeleer, the first person to be charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity for his alleged involvement in blood diamond trading that fuelled civil war and serious human rights abuses in Sierra Leone. Desaedeleer, 64, died in a Belgian prison in September this year. But Swiss NGO Civitas Maxima, which fought to help bring the case, says it will continue the fight “for justice in the name of forgotten victims of international crimes”. Desaedeleer, who had both Belgian and American nationality, was arrested in Malaga, Spain, in...

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    BELGIAN CASE ON SIERRA LEONE BLOOD DIAMONDS COULD SET PRECEDENT
    11.09.15
    Julia Crawford, JusticeInfo.Net

    Michel Desaedeleer, a US and Belgian citizen, was arrested in Spain at the end of August on a European arrest warrant, suspected of enslavement as a crime against humanity and pillage of “blood diamonds” that helped fuel the Sierra Leonean civil war. He has now been transferred to Belgium, where he has been indicted. Desaedeleer is accused of collaborating with former Liberian president Charles Taylor and Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebels in Sierra Leone to profit from the illicit trade in “blood diamonds” from 1999 to 2001 during the civil war. He is also suspected of having been...

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    TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE IN SIERRA LEONE – IN BRIEF
    27.05.15
    Julia Crawford

    Context: Sierra Leone’s Civil War (1991-2002) Sierra Leone’s civil war broke out in 1991 when RUF rebels captured towns on the border with Liberia, and was to last for eleven years, leaving tens of thousands dead and many more maimed and displaced. It was marked by appalling abuses, especially against civilians. “As the conflict exploded into appalling brutality against civilians, the world recoiled in horror at the tactics used by the RUF, its allies and opponents,” says the report of the country’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. “Reports emerged of indiscriminate amputations, abductions of women and children, recruitment of children as combatants, rape, sexual slavery, cannibalism,...

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