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    U.S. Response to the Ebola Epidemic in West Africa

    On Tuesday, September 16, President Obama took a decisive step to strengthen the response of the United States in the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.

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    Consular Fee Adjustments

    Effective September 12, 2014, the Department of State will adjust processing fees for some consular services. The fees for most categories of immigrant visas will change...

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    Sierra Leone Travel Warning

    The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens against non-essential travel to Sierra Leone. The U.S. Department of State has already ordered the departure of family members residing with Embassy staff in Freetown to begin August 14, 2014.

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    CDC: Avoid Nonessential Travel to Salone

    CDC urges all US residents to avoid nonessential travel to Sierra Leone. If you must travel, such as for humanitarian aid work in response to the outbreak, protect yourself by avoiding contact with the blood and body fluids of people who are ill with Ebola.

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    Update on Ebola Virus Disease in Salone

    This is an update to the notice of July 15, 2014, in which we alerted U.S. citizens to the outbreak of Ebola Virus Diseases (EVD) in Sierra Leone.

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    Unite to Fight Ebola!

    Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever is a deadly, but known enemy. This information is aimed at arming you, your family, and your community against Ebola. Sierra Leoneans that have survived the disease did so by getting medical attention early. Report any suspected cases to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation’s toll free call center (117). Please see translation of this message in five local languages on the right of the website  »

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    Secretary Kerry Welcomes Special Court's Decision

    On September 26, Secretary Kerry said the Special Court of Sierra Leone appeal chamber’s decision to uphold conviction of former President of Liberia Charles Taylor has brought a measure of justice to the people of Sierra Leone, and helped to cement the foundation on which reconciliation can proceed.  »

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    Kerry Releases 2013 Human Rights Reports

    Secretary of State John Kerry released the 2013 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices on Thursday, February 27, 2014. The Reports cover the status of human rights in countries around the world.  »

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    U.S. Embassy to Host Talks on Role of the Press in a Democracy (PDF 108KB)

    From Monday, May 19 to Friday, May 23, the U.S. Embassy will be hosting Kevin Smith, a U.S. specialist in reporter protection shield laws, digital media transformation, media leadership, government transparency, and international outreach. During his five-day visit, Smith will work primarily with the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) to strengthen the organization’s internal capacity and strategic objectives.  »

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    On the Occasion of the Republic of Sierra Leone’s National Day

    On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I send best wishes to Sierra Leoneans as you celebrate 53 years of independence on April 27. (PDF 76 KB) More »

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Ebola Update

  • September 22, 2014
    As of September 20, there are 1,696 confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease in Sierra Leone, with 501 of those resulting in fatalities. There are 374 survivors. The confirmed cases are in Kailahun, Kenema, Kono, Kambia, Bombali, Tonkolili, Port Loko, Pujehun, Bo, Moyamba, and Bonthe districts and the Western Area Urban and Rural.
  • September 15, 2014
    As of September 15, there are 1,542 confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease in Sierra Leone, with 474 of those resulting in fatalities. There are 329 survivors. The confirmed cases are in Kailahun, Kenema, Kono, Kambia, Bombali, Tonkolili, Port Loko, Pujehun, Bo, Moyamba, and Bonthe districts and the Western Area Urban and Rural.
  • September 13, 2014
    As of September 8, there are 1,464 confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease in Sierra Leone, with 463 of those resulting in fatalities. There are about 314 survivors. The confirmed cases are in Kailahun, Kenema, Kambia, Bo, Kono, Bombali, Tonkolili, Bonthe, Moyamba, Pujehun, and Port Loko districts and the Western Area Urban and Rural.

2014 TIP Report

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2013 Human Rights Reports

  • 2013 Country Reports on Human Rights Released
    On Thursday, February 27, 2014 Secretary of State John Kerry released the 2013 Country Report on Human Rights Practices in the Press Briefing Room at the U.S. Department of State. The annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - the Human Rights Reports - cover internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international agreements.  The U.S. Department of State submits reports on all countries receiving assistance and all United Nations member states to the U.S. Congress in accordance with the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 and the Trade Act of 1974. Click Here for the 2013 Humana Rights Reports.  

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