Running Time: 7 min.
A Video Report and Recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Sierra Leone
In a groundbreaking use of video documentation, WITNESS was invited by the Sierra Leonean Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) to produce the first video accompaniment to an official TRC report. "Witness to Truth" summarizes the key findings and recommendations of the TRC's report -- highlighting the key causes and consequences of the war, raising public awareness of the TRC's peace-building efforts throughout the country, and encouraging civil society in Sierra Leone and beyond to hold the government accountable for implementing the binding recommendations that will be issued by the TRC.
Academy-award winning actress and UN Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie traveled to Sierra Leone in mid May 2005 with WITNESS executive director Gillian Caldwell to urge President Kabbah to accept and implement the final recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. To read Gillian's ongoing Blog, visit: http://witness.typepad.com/gillian_in_salone/.
President Kabbah made an unprecedented statement of public commitment to the TRC process, by promising that his Government would release a detailed policy paper on plans to implement the recommendations within a maximum of two weeks of receipt of the final written version of the TRC report, which the TRC has assured us will be on his desk by the end of May. The President also extended an invitation to local civil society groups, several of whom we with us in the meeting, to take an active role in shaping the so-called 'TRC White Paper' by submitting proposals and comments directly to the Attorney General.
At the press conference following the meeting, Angelina Jolie promised that once the White Paper is issued and the process of implementing changes is in progress, she would urge support from the international community to make fresh funds available to Sierra Leone. And because of Angelina's visit, the world took notice of what was happening in Sierra Leone --- news of her trip and accomplishment circulated in broadcasts, newspapers and magazines around the world, reaching millions of people.
©2004, Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission / WITNESS