The Trial Phase of the Special Court for Sierra Leone
November 3, 2005

This 46-page report evaluates the conduct of the U.N.-backed court for war crimes in Sierra Leone during trials, which began in June 2005.The report details concerns regarding court operations that should be addressed to ensure that the court functions as fairly and effectively as possible. These include disclosure of information identifying protected witnesses in the courtroom, poor performance of defense counsel, and insufficient initiatives to engage the national justice system. Human Rights Watch also identifies accomplishments and makes recommendations for improvement in the Special Court’s operations.

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ISBN: A1714