Fredonia AAUW hears from prosecutor of war crimes in Sierra Leone

The guest speaker at the March meeting of the Dunkirk Fredonia Branch of the American Association of University Women was James Johnson, president of the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown.

His topic was crimes against humanity with the emphasis centering on atrocities committed during Sierra Leone’s civil war. Johnson was a prosecutor in the Special International Court of Sierra Leone where the mandate was to try those persons who were held most responsible for these systematic attacks against civilian men, women, and children.

Johnson discussed the trial process and outcomes. Several convictions resulted including Charles Taylor, then president of Liberia.

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