The first meeting of the ECOMOG Civil Military Relations Committee, set up in April to investigate allegations of human rights abuses by ECOMOG took place on 11 May at the force's headquarters.
Committee members decided to extend their scope to cover violations by other pro-government armed groups such as the CDF and the Sierra Leone Army, HACU reported. It also decided to hold workshops and seminars to sensitise the public about their rights and explain procedures for lodging complaints if harassed by security forces.
The United Nations Observer Mission in Sierra Leone (UNOMSIL) Human Rights Unit is acting as an observer in the committee to maintain its independence and impartiality regarding local judicial procedures.
The RUF spokesman, Omrie Golley, told IRIN on Monday it was setting up an independent commission to investigate reports of atrocities committed by its forces.