Republic of Sierra Leone

Citizenship and Country Documents

US Government Reports

Foreign Government Reports

  • UK Border Agency Country of Origins Information (COI) Report - Citizenship and Nationality - January 2010 (PDF)
  • Canada Responses to Information Requests (RIRs)
    • SLE40893.FE - Whether someone who has applied for a passport must fetch it in person, or whether it is possible to send another person in his or her place; if the latter is possible, type of authorization required by authorities before they hand the passport over to a person sent by the passport holder; time it takes for a passport to be issued, from the time the application is made. - January 2003 (PDF)

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Children

US Government Reports

  • State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - Children - 2017 (PDF), 2016 (PDF), 2015 (PDF), 2014 (PDF), 2013 (PDF), 2012 (PDF), 2011 (PDF)
  • Department of Labor - Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor - 2016 (PDF), 2015 (PDF), 2014 (PDF), 2013 (PDF)

Foreign Government Reports

  • UK Border Agency Country of Origins Information (COI) Report - Children - January 2010 (PDF)
  • Austrailian Migration Review Tribunal - Refugee Review Tribunal
    • SLE36007 - February 2010 (PDF)
      1. Please provide any available information on the history and organisation of the Youth Movement for Peace and Non-Violence in Sierra Leone.
      2. Is the APC government opposed to the Youth Movement for Peace and Non-Violence?
  • Austrian Centre Country of Origin
    • 6th European Country of Origin Information - Child Soldiers - November 2000 (PDF)

Non-Government Organization Reports

  • Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers - Child Soldiers Global Report - 2008 (PDF)

Law

  • The Child Right Act - 2007 (PDF)

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Corruption

US Government Reports

  • State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - Corruption and Lack of Transparency in Government - 2017 (PDF), 2016 (PDF), 2015 (PDF), 2014 (PDF), 2013 (PDF), 2012 (PDF), 2011 (PDF)

Foreign Government Reports

  • UK Border Agency Ountry of Origins Information (COI) Report - Corruption - January 2010 (PDF)

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Disabilities

US Government Reports

  • State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - Persons with Disabilities - 2017 (PDF), 2016 (PDF), 2015 (PDF), 2014 (PDF), 2013 (PDF), 2012 (PDF), 2011 (PDF)

Foreign Government Reports

  • UK Border Agency Ountry of Origins Information (COI) Report - Disabilities - January 2010 (PDF)

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Elections

US Government Reports

  • State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - Elections and Political Participation - 2017 (PDF), 2016 (PDF), 2015 (PDF), 2014 (PDF), 2013 (PDF), 2012 (PDF), 2011 (PDF)

Foreign Government Reports

  • Austrailian Migration Review Tribunal - Refugee Review Tribunal
    • SLE37320 - September 2010 (PDF)
      1. What is the relationship between the AFRC and the APC? Following the 1997 elections, were people who opposed the AFRC arrested and detained? Do opponents of the AFRC continue to face possible harm?
      2. Were there outbreaks of violence between members of political parties (SLPP and APC) during the 2007 elections? Were some people prevented from voting?

Non-Government Organization Reports

  • Election Guide - Recent Elections
  • International Crisis Group
    • Sierra Leone: A New Era of Reform? - July 2008 (PDF)
    • Sierra Leone: The Election Opportunity - July 2007 (PDF)
    • Sierra Leone After Elections: Politics as Usual? - July 2002 (PDF)
    • Sierra Leone: Ripe for Elections? - December 2001 (PDF)

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Ethnic Groups / Race

US Government Reports

  • State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - National / Racial / Ethnic Minorities - 2017 (PDF), 2016 (PDF),  2015 (PDF), 2014 (PDF), 2013 (PDF), 2012 (PDF), 2011 (PDF)

Foreign Government Reports

  • UK Border Agency Ountry of Origins Information (COI) Report - Ethnic Groups - Jan. 2010 (PDF)

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Ethnic Groups / Race - Fulas

Foreign Government Reports

  • Austrailian Migration Review Tribunal - Refugee Review Tribunal
    • SLE37320 - Sept. 2010 (PDF)
      1. What is the situation for Fulas in Sierra Leone? Are they discriminated against and/or treated as foreigners because they are regarded as Guineans rather than as Sierra Leonese? Do they face discrimination in employment, education etc and/or possible persecution from the APC government because they are not traditional supporters of the APC? Are Fulas likely to be regarded as anti-government on account of their ethnicity?

      1. What are the possibilities for relocation for a person who is a Fula and/or has established a high profile in Freetown as a human rights or youth advocate?


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Ethnic Groups / Race - Krio

Foreign Government Reports

  • Canada Responses to Information Requests (RIRs)
    • SLE42880.E - Sierra Leone: The Krio ethnic group and their relationship with the rebels, government and general population - Sept. 2004 (PDF)

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Ethnic Groups / Race - Mandingo

Foreign Government Reports

  • Austrailian Migration Review Tribunal - Refugee Review Tribunal
    • SLE36127 - Mar. 2010 (PDF)
      1. Please advise whether people of Mandingo ethnicity are targeted in Sierra Leone?
      2. What is the situation with regard to women, and Mandingo women in particular?
      3. Are Mandingo people imputed with particular political opinions, or allegiance to particular parties?

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Gender

US Government Reports

  • State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - Women - 2017 (PDF), 2016 (PDF), 2015 (PDF), 2014 (PDF), 2013 (PDF), 2012 (PDF), 2011 (PDF)

Foreign Government Reports

  • UK Border Agency Ountry of Origins Information (COI) Report - Women - Jan. 2010 (PDF)
  • Austrailian Migration Review Tribunal - Refugee Review Tribunal
    • SLE36127 - Mar. 2010 (PDF)
      1. What is the situation with regard to women, and Mandingo women in particular?
  • Austrian Centre Country of Origin
    • 6th European Country of Origin Information - Women - Nov. 2000 (PDF)

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Human Rights

US Government Reports

  • State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - 2017 (PDF), 2016 (PDF), 2015 (PDF), 2014 (PDF), 2013 (PDF), 2012 (PDF), 2011 (PDF)
  • RIC Reports
    • Sierra Leone Information On Country Conditions Since The Coup Of April 1992 - Sept. 1992 (PDF)

Foreign Government Reports

  • UK Border Agency Ountry of Origins Information (COI) Report - Human Rights - Jan. 2010 (PDF)
  • Austrailian Migration Review Tribunal - Refugee Review Tribunal
    • SLE37320 - Sept. 2010 (PDF)
      1. What is the situation for high profile human rights activists? Is it common for high profile activists to be interviewed, assaulted and or detained by the authorities? Is such a person likely to be targeted and/or harmed by APC supporters for speaking out about government policies?
      1. What is the level of state protection provided? Does the possibility of being regarded as anti-government affect the level of protection a person may receive?

Non-Government Organization Reports

  • Amnesty International - 2018 (PDF), 2016 (PDF), 2015 (PDF), 2014 (PDF)
  • Freedom House –2018 (PDF), 2017 (PDF), 2015 (PDF), 2014 (PDF)
  • Human Rights Watch - 2011 (PDF)
  • Human Rights Watch
    • Whose Development? Human Rights Abuses in Sierra Leone’s Mining Boom - Feb. 2014 (PDF)

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Justice System

US Government Reports

  • State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - Arbitrary Arrest or Detention - 2017 (PDF), 2016 (PDF), 2015 (PDF), 2014 (PDF), 2013 (PDF), 2012 (PDF), 2011 (PDF)

Foreign Government Reports

  • UK Border Agency Ountry of Origins Information (COI) Report - Judiciary - Jan. 2010 (PDF)
  • Austrailian Migration Review Tribunal - Refugee Review Tribunal
    • SLE36007 - Feb. 2010 (PDF)
      1. Are people who have been supporters of the PMDC the subject of ill-treatment by the Sierra Leone authorities?

Non-Government Organization Reports

  • Human Rights Watch
    • Justice in Motion The Trial Phase of the Special Court for Sierra Leone - Oct. 2005 (PDF)
    • Bringing Justice: the Special Court for Sierra Leone - Sept. 2004 (PDF)
  • International Crisis Group
    • The Special Court For Sierra Leone: Promises And Pitfalls Of A “New Model” - Aug. 2003 (PDF)

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Law

  • The Child Right Act - 2007 (PDF)
  • The Refugees Protection Act - 2007 (PDF)
  • The Sierra Leone Citizenship (Amendment Act) - 2006 (PDF)
  • The Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone Act - 2004 (PDF)
  • The Constitution of Sierra Leone - 1991 (PDF)
  • The Criminal Procedure Acts - 1965 (PDF)
  • Chapter 31 - Prevention of Cruelty to Children Act of 1926 (PDF)

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Maps

Foreign Government Reports

  • UK Border Agency Ountry of Origins Information (COI) Report - Map of Sierra Leone - Jan. 2010 (PDF)

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Medical Availability

Foreign Government Reports

  • UK Border Agency Ountry of Origins Information (COI) Report - Medical Issues - Jan. 2010 (PDF)

Intergovernmental Organization Reports


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Political Figures and Parties

US Government Reports

Foreign Government Reports

  • Austrailian Migration Review Tribunal - Refugee Reivew Tribunal
    • SLE37320 - Sept. 2010 (PDF)
      1. What is the relationship between the AFRC and the APC? Following the 1997 elections, were people who opposed the AFRC arrested and detained? Do opponents of the AFRC continue to face possible harm?
      2. Were there outbreaks of violence between members of political parties (SLPP and APC) during the 2007 elections? Were some people prevented from voting?
    • SLE37003 - July 2010 (PDF)
      1. Is there any recent information that illustrates the All People’s Congress response to those who oppose them?
    • SLE36127 - Mar. 2010 (PDF)
      1. Are Mandingo people imputed with particular political opinions, or allegiance to particular parties?
      1. What evidence is there that supporters of the SLPP (or perceived supporters) have been targeted in Sierra Leone?
    • SLE36007 - Feb. 2010 (PDF)
      1. Is the APC government opposed to the Youth Movement for Peace and Non-Violence?
      1. Please provide any information on the history and organisation of the People's Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC) in Sierra Leone.
      2. Are people who have been supporters of the PMDC the subject of ill-treatment by the Sierra Leone authorities?

Non-Governmental Organization Reports

  • International Crisis Group
    • Sierra Leone Time For A New Military And Political Strategy - Apr. 2001 (PDF)

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Refugees

US Government Reports

  • State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - Protection of Refugees - 2017 (PDF), 2016 (PDF), 2015 (PDF), 2014 (PDF), 2013 (PDF), 2012 (PDF), 2011 (PDF)

Foreign Government Reports

  • UK Border Agency Ountry of Origins Information (COI) Report - Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) - Jan. 2010 (PDF)

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Religion

US Government Reports

  • State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - Freedom of Religion - 2017 (PDF), 2016 (PDF), 2015 (PDF), 2014 (PDF), 2013 (PDF), 2012 (PDF), 2011 (PDF)
  • State Department International Religious Freedom Report - 2017 (PDF), 2016 (PDF), 2015 (PDF), 2014 (PDF), 2013 (PDF), 2012 (PDF), 2011 (PDF)

Foreign Government Reports

  • UK Border Agency Ountry of Origins Information (COI) Report - Religion - Jan. 2010 (PDF)
  • Austrian Centre Country of Origin
    • 6th European Country of Origin Information - Religion - Nov. 2000 (PDF)

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Sexual Orientation

US Government Reports

  • State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - Sexual Orientation - 2017 (PDF), 2016 (PDF), 2015 (PDF), 2014 (PDF), 2013 (PDF), 2012 (PDF), 2011 (PDF)

Foreign Government Reports

  • UK Border Agency Ountry of Origins Information (COI) Report - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual dn Transgender Persons - Jan. 2010 (PDF)
  • Canada Responses to Information Requests (RIRs)
    • SLE102205.E - Treatment of homosexuals by society and government authorities; legal recourse and protection available to homosexuals who have been subjected to ill-treatment - Feb. 2007 (PDF)
    • SLE42226.E - The situation of homosexuals and bisexuals - Dec. 2003 (PDF)

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Specific Country Issues - Armed Conflict

US Government Reports

  • State Department - Issues Paper - Sierra Leone Reprisals Against Former Combatants - May 2010 (PDF)
  • RIC Reports
    • Sierra Leone: Background information on the Republic of Sierra Leone Military Force (RSLMF) and the conflict in Sierra Leone in general - Dec. 1999 (PDF)
    • Information on the 1997 coup d'etat, ECOMOG harassment of civilians, and the current situation in Sierra Leone. - Jan. 2000 (PDF)

Foreign Government Reports

  • Austrailian Migration Review Tribunal - Refugee Reivew Tribunal
    • SLE36007 - Feb. 2010 (PDF)
      1. Is the APC government opposed to the Youth Movement for Peace and Non-Violence?
      2. Are those people involved in the movement targeted by the Sierra Leone authorities?
  • Canada Responses to Information Requests (RIRs)
    • SLE102559.E - Sierra Leone: Sierra Leone: Situation of people suspected of prior Revolutionary United Front (RUF) membership or collaboration; treatment by authorities (2005 - 2007) - July 2007 (PDF)
    • SLE100335.E - Sierra Leone: Sierra Leone: Current situation of people suspected of prior collaboration with the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC), including their treatment by the authorities, the Kamajors and the population (July 2005) - July 2005 (PDF)
    • SLE42930.E - Sierra Leone: Sierra Leone: Whether records exist of the people who were detained by ECOMOG (Economic Community of West Africa States Monitoring Group) forces at Pademba Road Prison for alleged involvement with the RUF (Revolutionary United Front); penalties for those who escaped (1999-2004) - Sept. 2004 (PDF)
    • SLE42929.E - Sierra Leone: Sierra Leone: Current (2003-2004) situation of people suspected of prior RUF (Revolutionary United Front) membership or collaboration; treatment by authorities - Sept. 2004 (PDF)
    • SLE42222.E - Sierra Leone: Update to SLE34681.E of 12 June 2000 and SLE40923.E of 27 January 2003 regarding the government's treatment of forcibly recruited members of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) (February - November 2003) - Dec. 2003 (PDF)
    • SLE42113.E - Sierra Leone: Treatment of Revolutionary United Front (RUF) prisoners upon the signing of the Lome Accord and the subsequent ceasefire agreement; details of the amnesty granted to members of the RUF - Nov. 2003 (PDF)
    • SLE41345.E - Sierra Leone: Whether a person who did not participate in the general strike of 1997 and 1998 as decreed by the exiled Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) would be targeted by the Kamajors and, if so, protection available; areas of the country in which the Kamajors still have influence - April 2003 (PDF)

Non-Government Organization Reports

  • Armed Conflict Report - Sierra Leone - Sept. 2002 (PDF)
  • Human Rights Watch
    • "We'll Kill You If You Cry" Sexual Violence In The Sierra Leone Conflict - Jan. 2003 (PDF)
  • Country of Origin Research and Information (CORI)
    • Fear of forced initiation into the Poro Secret Society in Freetown - Mar. 2009 (PDF)

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Specific Country Issues - Female Genital Mutilation

US Government Reports

  • State Department - Report on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) or Female Genital Cutting (FGC) - June 2001 (PDF)

Foreign Government Reports

  • UK Border Agency Ountry of Origins Information (COI) Report - Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) - Jan. 2010 (PDF)
  • Austrian Centre Country of Origin
    • 6th European Country of Origin Information - Female Genital Mutilation - Nov. 2000 (PDF)
  • Canada Responses to Information Requests (RIRs)
    • SLE103015.E - Sierra Leone: Sierra Leone: The practice of female genital mutilation (FGM); the government's position with respect to the practice; consequences of refusing to become an FGM practitioner in Bondo Society, specifically, if a daughter of a practitioner refuses to succeed her mother - Mar. 2009 (PDF)

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Specific Country Issues - Treatment of Returnees

Foreign Government Reports

  • Austrailian Migration Review Tribunal - Refugee Reivew Tribunal
    • SLE37003 - July 2010 (PDF)
      1. Is there any information that failed asylum seekers are at heightened risk of harm on their return to Sierra Leone?

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Speech / Press / Internet

US Government Reports

  • State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - Freedom of Speech and Press - 2017 (PDF), 2016 (PDF), 2015 (PDF), 2014 (PDF), 2013 (PDF), 2012 (PDF), 2011 (PDF)

Foreign Government Reports

  • UK Border Agency Ountry of Origins Information (COI) Report - Freedom of Speech and Media - Jan. 2010 (PDF)
  • Freedom House

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Timeline

Media


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Trafficking

US Government Reports

Foreign Government Reports

  • UK Border Agency Ountry of Origins Information (COI) Report - Trafficking - Jan. 2010 (PDF)

Intergovernmental Organization Reports

  • United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime - Global Report on Trafficking in Persons - Sub-Saharan Africa - 2016 (PDF)

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Terrorism

Not Available


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Torture

US Government Reports
  • State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment - 2017 (PDF), 2016 (PDF), 2015 (PDF), 2014 (PDF), 2013 (PDF), 2012 (PDF), 2011 (PDF), 2010 (PDF), 2009 (PDF)

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Updated September 13, 2018

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