Senior Legal Officer at the Special Court for Sierra Leone Madam Rhoda Nuni during the Commemoration of the International Day of Peace has said that there's an urgent need for peace, justice, & accountability to drive Sierra Leone’s development.
Madam Nuni emphasized in her statement at the Peace Museum, Jomo Kenyatta Road in Freetown, the significance of commemorating the International Day of Peace, specifically for Sierra Leone, as a time for reflection on decades and recent past happenings, for the healing process and development of the country.
Highlighting the role of the Special Court for Sierra Leone in the peace process, Patrick Fatorma stressed that its primary objective is to ensure peace through the trying and passing judgment on individuals who were involved in causing harm, regardless of their personalities or positions.
Addressing the involvement of young people in the peace process, Ansumana Keita shed light on their crucial roles as both perpetrators and victims during Sierra Leone's prolonged civil war due to prevailing circumstances at the time.
Joan Bull Kamara, Head of Justice and Legal Support at the Sierra Leone Police, delivered a keynote speech emphasizing the importance of security in the peace process. Reflecting on Sierra Leone's past experience with a brutal war, she acknowledged that the nation's progress cannot be hindered by such events, highlighting that peace is not merely the absence of war but rather the presence of justice and provision of basic amenities by the authorities.
Every year, on September 21, the International Day of Peace is observed worldwide. The UN General Assembly has designated this day to strengthen the ideals of peace. This year's theme is "Actions for Peace: Our Ambition for the #GlobalGoals," which calls for individual and collective responsibility in fostering peace that contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.