Culture, Politics and Society in Sierra Leone
Chapter 7: The Aftermath: Accountability for Gender-Based Political and Cultural Violence
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The Aftermath: Accountability for Gender-Based Political and Cultural Violence
The Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission (SLTRC)
Although the Lomé Accord was drafted with little consideration of the need for accountability for wartime gendered and non-gendered violations, it did tie ex-warring factions to their promise to restore the dignity of victims through the truth and reconciliation process. The Truth Commission was charged with investigating and recording various violations from the beginning of the conflict in 1991 to the signing of the Accord in 1999. It was also entrusted with the responsibility to reconcile communities through public apologies that would foster national healing and prevent the repetition of violations, including SGBV suffered by women (SLTRC 2004, Vol. 1, Ch. 1).
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