Sierra Leone's Truth & Reconciliation Commission and Special Court: A Citizen's Handbook

01/03/2003
ICTJ, National Forum for Human Rights; Paul James-Allen, Sheku B.S. Lahai, Jamie O'Connell
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This handbook explains the mandate, origins, purposes, and operating methods of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and Special Court in Sierra Leone. It discusses the differences and similarities between them, in clear, non-technical language. The TRC and Special Court can play crucial roles to help Sierra Leone recover from civil war by helping reform political and legal institutions. This book aims to enable readers to understand the institutions so they can evaluate their work, form well-grounded opinions about them, and ensure that they have a positive and lasting impact on the country.