The transcripts of the trial of Charles Taylor, former President of Liberia. More…

Yes. The context of that interview, the reason for - that I was asked to be interviewed by this journalist was to comment on the recruitment process that was taking place at that time in 2000 and later continued for the new Sierra Leonean Army which has since been formed and is now named the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces.

Human Rights Watch was concerned about a few things with respect to that process. Number one, that there appeared to be no effective vetting of potential recruits for past abuses that they had been allegedly implicated in. Number two, based on our research we had started to receive reports of newly trained SLA recruits being involved in some misconduct at best and crimes at worst. So we were expressing our concern about those two issues and, as noted, the media is an effective way for us to be able to make known our concerns and our recommendations.

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