Thérèse Eppie Striggner Scott is a Ghanaian lawyer and diplomat who served as a Judge on the High Court of Ghana and the High Court of Zimbabwe and as Ambassador of Ghana to France and Italy.
Striggner Scott was called to the bar in Middle Temple, United Kingdom.She worked as a barrister in Accra, where she was principal partner of a legal consulting firm.
Striggner Scott served on Ghana's High Courtand in 1983 was the first woman appointed to the High Court of Zimbabwe.
Striggner Scott was Ghana's ambassador to France, including the Holy See,until 1994 and later ambassador to Italy. She was also Ghana's ambassador to UNESCO and served as a member of UNESCO's Legal Commission. In 1991, she became the first African woman to be appointed to UNESCO's Executive Board.
Striggner Scott was Chairperson of the Law Reform Commission of Ghana from 2000 until 2004.She was a member of the Standing Commission of Inquiry Regarding Public Violence and Intimidation in South Africa. She was a member of the Economic Community of West African States Council of Elders and in 2002 led a delegation to monitor Sierra Leone's parliamentary and presidential elections.
In 2004, Striggner Scott was appointed by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to the five member International Commission of Inquiry on Darfur.
Charles McArthur Ghankay Taylor is a Liberian former politician and convicted war criminal who served as the 22nd President of Liberia from 2 August 1997 until his resignation on 11 August 2003.
Sierra Leone maintains formal relations with many Western nations. It also maintains diplomatic relations with the former Soviet Bloc countries as well as with the People's Republic of China.
The Sierra Leone Civil War (1991–2002) was a civil war in Sierra Leone that began on 23 March 1991 when the Revolutionary United Front (RUF), with support from the special forces of Charles Taylor’s National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL), intervened in Sierra Leone in an attempt to overthrow the Joseph Momoh government. The resulting civil war lasted 11 years, enveloped the country, and left over 50,000 dead.
Mohamed Ibn Chambas is a lawyer, diplomat, politician and academic from Ghana who has served as an international civil servant since 2006. He is currently the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel, and head of UNOWAS. Previously, he served as the UN SRSG and Head of the Joint UN-AU Peacekeeping Mission in Darfur (2012-2014), the Secretary-General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (2010-2012) and the President of the Economic Community of West African States.
Haja Zainab Hawa Bangura is a Sierra Leonean politician and social activist. She currently serves as the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Nairobi(UNON). She was appointed as the Director-General by the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres in December 2018. She served as the second United Nations Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict with the rank of Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations from 2012 to 2017, in succession to the first holder of the post, Margot Wallström. In 2017 she was succeeded by Pramila Patten.
The International Commission of Inquiry on Darfur was established pursuant to United Nations Security Council Resolution 1564 (2004), adopted on 18 September 2004. The resolution, passed under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, urged the Secretary-General to set up an international commission to investigate human rights violations committed in Darfur. The following month, the Secretary-General appointed a five-member panel of highly regarded legal experts: chairperson Antonio Cassese, Mohammed Fayek, Hina Jilani, Dumisa Ntsebeza and Thérèse Striggner Scott.
United Nations Security Council resolution 1289, adopted unanimously on 7 February 2000, after recalling resolutions 1171 (1998), 1181 (1998), 1231 (1999), 1260 (1999), 1265 (1999) and 1270 (1999) on the situation in Sierra Leone, the Council extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) for a period of six months and expanded its military component.
Julia Sebutinde is a Ugandan judge on the International Court of Justice. She also is the current chancellor of Muteesa I Royal University a university owned by Buganda kingdom. She has been a judge on the court since March 2012. She is the first African woman to sit on the ICJ. Before being elected to the ICJ, Sebutinde was a judge of the Special Court for Sierra Leone. She was appointed to that position in 2007.
Sylvester E. Rowe is a former Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Sierra Leone to the United Nations. He joined the Mission in 1997 as an adviser after a distinguished career in the United Nations Secretariat spanning three decades during which he served in several capacities including head of the UN Radio and Television Services; a speech writer and Spokesman for the President of the 39th session of the UN General Assembly (1984–85), and a member of the panel of counsel in the UN administration of justice system – the Joint Appeals Board and the Administrative Tribunal. In 1994 he served as a resource person in Ambassador Brahimi's special mission on behalf of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, to Liberia and the ECOWAS Chair in Ghana, aimed at facilitating implementation of the Cotonou Peace Agreement for Liberia.
Human rights in Sierra Leone are in a rather deplorable state, but have improved gradually since the end of its civil war in 2002. Among the major human-rights problems in Sierra Leone today, according to a 2011 U.S. State Department report, are "security force abuse and use of excessive force with detainees, including juveniles; harsh conditions in prisons and jails; official impunity; arbitrary arrest and detention; prolonged detention, excessive bail, and insufficient legal representation; interference with freedom of speech and press; forcible dispersion of demonstrators; widespread official corruption; societal discrimination and violence against women, discrimination based on sexual orientation; female genital mutilation (FGM); child abuse; trafficking in persons, including children; and forced and child labor".
Peter Alfred Penfold, CMG, OBE, is a retired British diplomat. His career began in 1963, when he joined the Foreign Service as a clerical officer. Two years into his career, he was posted to the British embassy in Bonn, West Germany, and two years after that to Nigeria. From 1970 to 1972, Penfold served as a "floater" in Latin America, filling in as necessary for staff at British missions in the region. He served in Mexico during the 1970 football world cup, and on St Vincent, where he was responsible for organising an evacuation after a volcanic eruption. After Latin America, Penfold briefly served in Canberra, before returning to London to take a post in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). He earned early promotion to second secretary in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he was responsible for reporting on the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) and the Eritrean War of Independence and was still in the country during the revolution, in which the pro-Western emperor was overthrown. After completing his tour in Ethiopia, Penfold served as information officer in Port of Spain and then as first secretary in the West Africa Department of the FCO.
Mohamed Chande Othman is a Tanzanian lawyer and a former Chief Justice of Tanzania.
Sierra Leone, officially the Republic of Sierra Leone, is a Constitutional Republic in West Africa. Since it was founded in 1787, the women in Sierra Leone have been a major influence in the political and economic development of the nation.
Mary Chinery-Hesse,, née Blay is an international civil servant and the first woman Chancellor of the University of Ghana, inducted on 1 August 2018. She was the first female Deputy Director of the International Labour Organization
Jeremiah Kingsley Mamabolo is the Acting Joint Special Representative for Darfur and Head of the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID). Prior to this appointment of 12 January 2017 by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, Mr. Mamabolo was the Deputy Joint Special Representative (Political) for UNAMID.
Elizabeth Nkombo Chona Muyovwe, commonly known as Elizabeth Muyovwe, is a Zambian Supreme Court Justice since 30 October 2010.
David John Francis is a Sierra Leonean politician, academic and author serving as Chief Minister of Sierra Leone since April 2018. He is the first person to hold the office of Chief Minister since it was abolished in 1978. He is widely seen as the most highly influential government official in Sierra Leone, after the president and the vice president.
Cynthia Helena Shepard Perry is an American educator and diplomat. She served as U.S. Ambassador to Sierra Leone and Burundi and as American Executive Director of the African Development Bank. Throughout her career Perry promoted racial and gender equality, international cooperation, and African economic development.
Essa M. Faal is a Gambian international lawyer who is a defence counsel at the International Criminal Court (ICC) and a senior partner at Faal and Co. Faal led the prosecution in the Darfur investigations and as a lead defence counsel for a number of other cases. In 2018, he was appointed as chief prosecutor at the Gambian Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC).