• Health workers remove the body of Prince Nyentee, a 29-year-old man whom local residents said died of Ebola virus in Monrovia, Liberia, on September 11, 2014.
    West African governments should ensure rights protections as a crucial element in controlling the unprecedented Ebola epidemic ravaging the region. Human Rights Watch expressed its sympathy to the families, friends, and colleagues of those who have died as a result of the Ebola outbreak, and recognized the courage of many health workers and others in caring for the sick.

Reports

Sierra Leone

  • Sep 15, 2014
    West African governments should ensure rights protections as a crucial element in controlling the unprecedented Ebola epidemic ravaging the region. Human Rights Watch expressed its sympathy to the families, friends, and colleagues of those who have died as a result of the Ebola outbreak, and recognized the courage of many health workers and others in caring for the sick.
  • Mar 14, 2014
    Sierra Leone has a reputation for being open and democratic, but on the issue of human rights and mining, few have spoken out. The brave Sallu Conteh was one of the few who did.
  • Feb 19, 2014
    The government of Sierra Leone and a mining company that is the country’s largest private employer have undermined villagers’ access to food and prevented workers from challenging abusive practices.
  • Nov 10, 2013
    Somali authorities should order a new, impartial, and transparent investigation into an alleged gang-rape by African Union (AU) soldiers. The case has been marred by mismanagement, opacity, and the harassment of the female rape survivor and support service providers.
  • Oct 30, 2013
    The Sierra Leone parliament’s passage of a freedom of information law is a major step to ensure greater government transparency, the rule of law, and respect for human rights, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and Sierra Leone’s Freedom of Information Coalition said today. The new legislation, enacted on October 29, 2013, is crucial for effective, transparent, and accountable governance.
  • Sep 26, 2013
  • Aug 5, 2013
  • Aug 5, 2013

    Ibrahim Bah is a Senegalese national living in Sierra Leone. During the Sierra Leone civil war, from 1991 to 2002, Bah allegedly provided arms and materiel to the rebel Revolutionary United Front (RUF), according to a United Nations panel of experts and the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone. During the conflict, the RUF committed widespread and systematic abuses, including murder, mutilation, amputation, torture, rape, and forced abductions.

  • Jun 19, 2013
  • Jun 19, 2013

     The Sierra Leone authorities should open a criminal investigation of a suspected arms supplier for his alleged involvement in international crimes during Sierra Leone’s civil war. This would be Sierra Leone’s first purely domestic prosecution in relation to war crimes or crimes against humanity committed during its 11-year armed conflict, which ended in 2002.