Monday, June 26, 2006

Sierra Leone: International Day in Support of Victims of Torture - Victims of War Remain Without Reparations Geneva/Freetown On the occasion of the International Day in Support of Victims of torture, the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and Forum of Conscience (FOC) call upon the Government of Sierra Leone to establish with the utmost urgency the Special Fund for War Victims. In July 1999, the Lome Peace Agreement put an end to the brutal conflict that broke out in Sierra Leone on 23 March 1991 and made up about 4.5 million direct and or indirect victims as a result of the conflict. Article xxvi of this agreement provided for the establishment of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC): "To address impunity, to respond to the needs of the victims to promote healing and reconciliation and to prevent a repetition of the violations and abuses suffered." (read more)