Hi Everyone - Sorry to be so long in posting. I have been busy with a lot of other stuff but moving the Sierra Leone project along with Gavin's capable assistance in the meantime.
This letter from Angie was delivered to the President yesterday in Sierra Leone, along with a message that we would like to meet with him while he is in NY this coming week for the UN Summit. (Ignore the bold and formatting problems - cant seem to fix them on the blog).
The understanding we are getting from key advisors to the President is that he is in agreement that the White Paperr was insufficient, which is a good sign, and that a new one is being developed. Meanwhile, our allies on the ground are taking a role in drafting a proposed revision themselves with input from someone inside the Attorney General's office. We must get something strong before Parliament votes on the budget towards the end of this year.
His Excellency Alhaji Dr. Ahmad Tejan Kabbah
9 September 2005
Dear President Kabbah,
you again for very graciously making time to meet with me at State Lodge
As you may remember, representatives of WITNESS and several civil society partners joined us to discuss the challenge of following through on the valuable work of the Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).
was very moved and encouraged by your commitments in that meeting to publish a
White Paper in the near term, and I was thrilled to hear the news that the “TRC
White Paper” was issued on
am joining my friends and allies in civil society in urging you to revisit the
“TRC White Paper” and propose further measures that demonstrate your genuine
commitment to moving the country forward. As soon as a revised and strengthened “TRC White Paper” is
before Parliament, I am prepared to do all I can to help ensure that your
government has the support it needs to make bold reforms for
want to be able to applaud your efforts publicly between now and 5 December
2005, when I will be co-hosting a benefit concert in New York City with WITNESS
that will focus on the future of
stand with me, and with the people of