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Project ID:00071605Description:PBF/SLE/J-1 Independent Invest
Peacebuilding Fund
Start Date *: 7 Jul 2009
PBF Unallocated -W1
End Date*: 31 Dec 2010
Country: Sierra Leone Project Status: Financially Closed
  Participating Organization:   UNDP - UNDP(MDTF/PUNO only).

Project Description:

In March 2009, Sierra Leone was hit by the biggest eruption of violence since the end of the war between the two main political parties –the ruling APC and the opposition SLPP that lead to injuries, loss of property and alleged rape of SLPP supporters.  The UNIPSIL and UNCT brokered peace talks that resulted in the signing of a joint communiqué which attempted to address the key issues brought forward by both parties.   The communiqué amongst others condemned all forms of violence and political incitement. Amongst 16 issues of attention, the communiqué categorically condemned any form of sexual violence and without prejudice to any prior police investigation, recommended that the President establishes and independent enquiry to investigate all allegations of rape and sexual violence.


Immediate Objectives:

l. "investigating the allegations of rape and sexual, abuse against women which occurred at the

Headquarter of the Sierra Leone People’s party on l6th March 2009"

2. ,,To identify the persons involved in the substance of the allegations and to determine whether any

breach of the law occurred"

3. "To recommend the action to be taken against persons who committed any breach of the law"


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