Sierra Leone Conflict Mapping


Accountability exists in many forms and at many levels; NPWJ's Conflict Mapping Program in Sierra Leone focused on accountability for the violation of the laws of war in the belief that it is only by holding responsible those who violate those laws can there be deterrence for future would-be perpetrators. Too often, there are those who argue for the preservation of general amnesties and other guarantees of immunity in the name of “stability” or “moving on”; yet too often, history shows that the only way to achieve real stability and to move forward is to account for what has happened in the past.
Accountability for violations of international humanitarian law for conflicts such as that experienced by Sierra Leone requires more than one avenue; even the formal institutions established for this purpose – the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Special Court – can only do so much. NPWJ's Conflict Mapping Report hopes to contribute to the accountability process, to the strengthening of the rule of law and to sustainable peace by adding to the historical record of what happened during the long years of the conflict.
The Conflict Mapping Program deliberately took a wide approach: chronologically, it covers the whole period of the conflict and substantively, it covers all violations of humanitarian law, irrespective of whether they are subject to the jurisdiction of Sierra Leone courts or of the Special Court. Thus, it hopes to demonstrate two main things. First, that what happened to the people of Sierra Leone were crimes, whether they are prosecuted or not. Second, to demonstrate that all such crimes are worthy of an account, from the harassment of one person in a remote village, obliged to give all he owns to an invading force, to the systematic killing of hundreds or thousands of people.
Download the executive summary of NPWJ Conflict mapping Report [This is a standalone document launched on the occasion of the opening of the SCSL Court House]
Download the full NPWJ Conflict mapping Report (6.33Mb)
This file has been admitted as evidence to the Special Court, pursuant to Trial Chamber I’s “Decision on Prosecution’s Request to Admit Into Evidence Certain Documents Pursuant to Rules 92bis and 89(C)”, of 14 July 2005, in Prosecutor v Sam Hinga Norman, Moinina Fofana and Allieu Kondewa, Case No. SCSL-04-14-T