Target: President Ernest Bai Koroma
Goal: Urge President Koroma to bring crimes against humanity charges against Senegalese arms supplier.
Authorities in Sierra Leone and at the United Nations should immediately open criminal investigations of Ibrahim Bah, a suspected arms supplier during Sierra Leone’s civil war. This would be Sierra Leone’s first domestic prosecution of a war criminal from the conflict that ended in 2002. Mr. Bah is a Senegalese national who allegedly provided arms to the Revolutionary United Front (RUF). The RUF committed a wide array of human rights abuses including murder, mutilation, amputation, torture, and rape. If Ibrahim Bah was connected to these crimes in any way, authorities in Sierra Leone or international authorities must act to prosecute him.
Since 2004, Mr. Bah has been subject to a travel ban imposed by the United Nations. The travel ban was implemented because of his connection to illegal arms and diamond trading. Ibrahim Bah has also been connected to former Liberian president Charles Taylor and his effort to destabilize Sierra Leone. Mr. Taylor was convicted for crimes against humanity by the Sierra Leone Special Court in 2012 for his role in assisting the RUF.
It was formerly believed that Mr. Bah was living in Burkina Faso but a recent report issued by the United Nations has located him in Sierra Leone. This provides the government in Sierra Leone with an opportunity to try Mr. Bah for his alleged crimes. Sign this petition and demand that an investigation be opened into the history of Ibrahim Bah’s connection to the Revolutionary united Front.
Dear President Ernest Bai Koroma,
A new report issued by the United Nations has stated that alleged human rights abuser, Ibrahim Bah, has returned to Sierra Leone. This gives your government an opportunity to further investigate Mr. Bah’s connections to the Revolutionary United Front during the civil war that ravaged your country until 2002. Opening an investigation could bring much needed closure to a dark chapter in your country’s history.
Your judicial system has taken large steps over the past decade in order to promote justice for serious crimes committed during the civil war. This is an opportunity to take another large step in building national and international confidence in your judicial system. I urge you to immediately bring charges against Ibrahim Bah.
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