We are currently implementing a project titled: Building on the recommendation of the TRC as an actionable good governance tool. One of the primary objectives of this project is to popularize and lobby the government to adopt the AUTJ. So what is the AUTJ and why do we think it is important for the continent and individual states of which Sierra Leone is a member: This policy is an African Model that has been developed to help states deal with the legacies of conflict with a view of address present governance deficits and development challenges keeping in mind our collective goal of working toward the realization of agenda 2063 – the Africa we want.
More importantly, we believe designing our own context-specific model of this policy will enhance our resilience for democratic and socio-economic transformation, justice and the rule of law, promote human rights consolidate peace, strengthen social cohesion, reconciliation learning from the lessons of the outcomes of our TJ investments. Not forgetting the critical role historic dialogues can play in shaping our future as a nation. In essence, the project wants to facilitate the space for dialogue on the unfinished business of TJ in Sierra Leone – reminding ourselves that the investment in the TRC, a Special Court, institutional reforms were not an in themselves but were the foundational blocks that continue to work towards the realization of a solid governance trajectory. At the moment we are current, working on a baseline study on the state of TJ in Sierra Leone, looking at where we are with the TRC recommendations, but also noting that some efforts for implementation have been made, others have been integrated into the recommendations of several international human rights instruments to which Sierra Leone is a party. Again we cannot ignore one of the most important imperative recommendation, which is the review of the constitution. We will also be developing a policy framework that we will present to the government to look at critical steps in terms of moving forward with the outcomes of TJ in Sierra Leone.
Finally, to just tie up all the issues I have highlighted above we planning on having a dialogue meeting which will revive this conversation we are planning to deliberate on the lesson learnt from the TJ mechanisms implemented in Sierra Leone and map out strategies on how we can use these lessons to build a resilient governance architecture that will consolidate peace, promote historic dialogues, and deepen democracy.