Welcome to the official website of Centre for Accountability and the Rule of Law (CARL-SL). CARL is an independent, not-for-profit organization that seeks to promote a just society for all persons in Sierra Leone, through monitoring institutions of accountability, outreach and advocacy for institutional transparency, capacity building and empowerment of citizens.CARL has its origin in the Special Court Monitoring Group (SCMG), which was established in May 2004 as a partnership project of the International Centre for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) and the Coalition for Justice and Accountability (COJA) to exclusively monitor and produce objective reporting on proceedings before the Court for both local and international community.
The Special Court was established in 2002 as an international tribunal of mixed jurisdiction and composition, pursuant to an agreement between the United Nations and the Government of Sierra Leone. It is mandated to prosecute persons who bear the greatest responsibility for serious violations of international humanitarian law and Sierra Leonean law committed in the territory of Sierra Leone since 30 November 1996.
he Special Court Monitoring Group (SCMG) was renamed the Sierra Leone Court Monitoring Programme (SLCMP) in August 2005, as its monitoring activities were expanded to include the domestic courts. By 2007, SLCMP’s activities had expanded to include outreach and advocacy for legislative reforms, access to justice for all, among others. The organization was, therefore, renamed the Center for Accountability and Rule of Law (CARL) in 2008 to reflect its broad mission.
CARL also monitors the functioning of the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC), which was established by an Act of Parliament in 2000 to investigate allegations of corruption particularly in the public sector. Although the Commission is making strong efforts at combating corruption in the country, there is still need to “watch the watchman”. This is why CARL monitors the functioning of the Commission, and provides regular updates on its activities.