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The BBC's Mark Devenport
"The UN Security Council is continuing to work on a number of new resolutions regarding Sierra Leone"
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Tuesday, 4 July, 2000, 02:34 GMT 03:34 UK
Atrocities mount in Sierra Leone
UN sends its dead home
The UN has little control over the rebels
By Mark Devenport at the UN in New York

The United Nations says there has been an increase in executions of civilians, rapes and the recruitment of child soldiers in Sierra Leone since fighting between rebels and pro-government forces restarted.

The UN says villages have also been looted by the Revolutionary United Front rebels.

Foday Sankoh
The UN wants to prosecute rebel leader Foday Sankoh

During the civil war in Sierra Leone, the rebel fighters of the RUF had a record of brutal human rights atrocities.

But it had been hoped that with the signing of the Lome peace accords last year, these violations would have become a thing of the past.

However, the UN mission in Sierra Leone says it is now receiving information from civilians fleeing rebel-held areas.

Women

Last week the human rights organisation, Amnesty International, reported that thousands of girls and women had been raped and abducted by the rebels.

The UN believes that many of the fighters' so-called wives are in fact being forced to stay with the rebels against their will.

The UN Security Council is continuing to work on a number of new resolutions regarding Sierra Leone.

They will mean the prosecution of the rebel leader, Foday Sankoh, and others charged with crimes and human rights abuses since the breakdown of the peace process in Sierra Leone.

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