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Title:The Special Court for Sierra Leone: Conceptual Concerns and Alternatives
Author:Tejan-Cole, Abdul
Periodical:African Human Rights Law Journal
Geographic term:Sierra Leone
Subjects:international criminal courts
offences against human rights
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Ethnic and Race Relations
Abstract:On 7 July 1999, the government of Sierra Leone and the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) signed a peace accord to end the nine-year long civil war. Despite the granting of amnesty and pardon to rebels, the atrocities did not cease and the RUF continued its reign of terror. In a letter to the Secretary General of the United Nations, dated 12 June 2000, President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah requested the establishment of an independent Special Court for dealing with the problems. Following broad consultations, the Secretary General presented a report to the Security Council, annexing an agreement between the UN and the government of Sierra Leone on the establishment of a Special Court and enclosing the Draft Statute of the Court. This article examines the Draft Statute, identifying its main features, and compares it with other courts, namely the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), and proposed Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. Conceptual concerns about the proposed Special Court are raised and alternatives to the establishment of the Special Court are explored. Notes, ref.