Negotiating peace in Sierra Leone: Confronting the justice challenge

ICTJ, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue; Priscilla Hayner
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This report focuses the Lomé Accord of 1999, that ended the Sierra Leone's 10 year civil war. It examines the negotiation dynamics influencing its creation and the impact of the accord from 1999 to 2007. The peace accord is often remembered for its unconditional amnesty provisions, which met strong international condemnation. However, it seems that the origin and its impact of the amnesty have not been well understood - and was determined by the incontestable political and military realities of the time. Beyond the amnesty, the Lomé Accord addressed other justice issues only in a very limited way.