The UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) has upheld the convictions and sentences passed on three former rebels in the last judgment by the tribunal to be handed down in the West African nation. The three former leaders of the rebel RUF were convicted earlier this year for atrocities committed during the decade-long civil war. The charges include forced marriage as a crime against humanity and attacks against UN peacekeepers - the first time that an international criminal tribunal has entered guilty verdicts for both charges. The Court dismissed all the appeals of the defendants, except one regarding a charge of collective punishment, which was overturned. (UN News Service)

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