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Project ID:00077001Description:PBF/SLE/B-10 Peace Museum
Peacebuilding Fund
Start Date *: 17 Dec 2010
Security -W1
End Date*: 31 Dec 2011
Country: Sierra Leone Project Status: Financially Closed
  Participating Organization:   OHCHR - Office of the UN High Commissi

Project Description:

To coincide with its closure, the Special Court intends to create a lasting memorial of the civil war to honor the suffering of the victims and provide a place for citizens, lawyers, academics and tourists to learn about the war and the institutions that followed it.

It will also highlight the efforts made at reconciliation and accountability, standing as a reminder that those who bear the greatest responsibility for the crimes committed during the civil war were held accountable. As the Special Court closes and the Peacebuilding Fund concludes its operations, the museum will mark the end of the country’s post-war reconstruction phase and represent Sierra Leone’s commitment to never again let the country descend into violence.

The Peace Museum will also include the Special Court for Sierra Leone’s (SCSL) library, a public copy of its records and training materials developed during the Court’s various training programs.  As a repository for a copy of the Court’s public records, information on international law and as a training facility, the museum will continue to strengthen the justice sector in Sierra Leone beyond the Court’s closure.


Development Goal and Key Immediate Objectives

The development goal of this project at the national level is to contribute to improved peace and security in Sierra Leone. To achieve its goal, the project’s objective is to create a memorial that honors its victims, informs the public debate on the civil war and provides access to the Court’s jurisprudence for the judiciary and researchers. To realize the aforementioned goal and objective, the project shall seek to deliver the following outputs:

Outputs and Key Activities:

  • Peace Museum:

The project will convert an existing building within the SCSL premises into a museum, which will narrate the context, events and conclusion of the civil war, using any relics or first hand accounts available.  Focus will be placed on the experiences of victims, using the first-hand accounts collected by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to tell their stories.  Given the high rate of illiteracy in Sierra Leone, audio and visual material will be installed where possible and could include material produced by the Court for its outreach activities.  

  • Memorial:

Sierra Leonean artists will be commissioned to design an installation as a tribute to the lives lost and suffering caused by the war. 

  • Law Library:

The library will contain a paper and an electronic copy of the Court’s public records and the holdings of the SCSL library, thereby providing access to a wealth of jurisprudence and information of historical value for lawyers, academics, journalists, war victims associations, civil society and future generations.  The Court hopes to include the records of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the National Commission for Disarmament Demobilization and Reintegration.

  • Training Facility:

The Court conducted many training courses with national judicial institutions and has generated training materials as a result.  A multi-purpose room in the museum would store these materials and allow training courses to use them on-site so that the expertise of the Court’s staff continues to be transmitted to national institutions.  The room could also be used for activities with school children visiting the museum and would double as an auditorium for film, speaker and cultural events.

The Court would reconfigure the existing security building for these purposes and support national authorities to design the exhibition.

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