Sierra Leone: Briefing on the events in Bumbuna, Tonkolili
In April 2012 police in the town of Bumbuna fired live ammunition at unarmed community members and threatened numerous individuals. Employees of an iron-ore mining company had launched a public demonstration over working conditions and pay. Amnesty International believes that the police used arbitrary or abusive force, in breach of international standards guiding the use of force and firearms by law enforcement officers, and resulting in a violation of the right to life. The organization urges the Sierra Leone government to promptly implement the recommendations made in this report.