|Me :-) Giving today's presentation|
|Starting the will drafting process|
|Someone's animals outside the meeting place today|
|Devotha and I|
We spent the afternoon meeting with Hassan Bubacar Jallow, the lead prosecutor for the ICTR (International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda). They are based here in Arusha. Basically, the ICTR is a United Nations Tribunal that was created to prosecute individuals responsible for the Rwandan genocide of 1994 in which more than 1,000,000 people were killed. The goal is that the organization will have concluded their work by 2014, twenty years after the incident. The trials are complete at this point, but they are still dealing with some appeals. Jallow was a very interesting man. He shared with us that there are really only three examples (Nuremburg, ICTY (similar body but created for Yugoslavia), and the ICTR) of this type of jurisprudence to date, where leaders are being held accountable by an international body. The hope is that not only will leaders be held accountable, but in the future, sovereign leaders will think twice before taking actions which could expose them to international prosecution. We had a great meeting with Jallow and 3 of his staff attorneys in the office. They were very welcoming.
Our meeting with the ambassador for tomorrow night got cancelled, so we actually have a day tomorrow to do research and pack for our trip to Zanzibar on Sunday. I did get an email this evening though from a local group here in Arusha who heard of the research I was doing from one of the people we have met and wants to meet with me tomorrow before we leave. That network here is deeply underground for obvious reasons so I am happy to have been accepted based on some of the new friends and professional colleagues I have made here in Africa.