Making Justice Accessible to Those Most Affected
June 21, 2006

On March 29, 2006 former Liberian President Charles Taylor was surrendered to the U.N.-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone. Taylor’s surrender for trial provides an extraordinary opportunity for the people of Sierra Leone and West Africa to see justice done for atrocities committed during Sierra Leone’s armed conflict since 1996. Taylor is indicted by the Special Court on war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other serious violations of international humanitarian law primarily for his role in supporting the main rebel group in Sierra Leone, the Revolutionary United Front, during the conflict.

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