YEAR END MESSAGE
As the year 2019 draws to an end, and the advent of a new one inevitably on the horizon, we would like to thank all of our donors, supporters, partners, friends and well-wishers for their support and encouragement.
Happy New Year to all of you. We look forward to working with you as we strive to make every community everywhere in the world torture free.
It was a difficult year for us. Funding and related issues impacted our operations in significant ways. We are however hopeful that the new year will usher in more support and greater collaborations.
GAATI APPOINTS COUNTRY REPRESENTATIVE TO LIBERIA
It is our immense delight to announce the appointment of Mr. Oscar N. Goyee as our acting representative to the West African nation of Liberia. Mr. Goyee is a man of impeccable character and has multiple years of professional work in the non profit and development sectors. His great expertise and knowledge will contribute to the success of mission.
He will oversee our operations in Liberia.
Welcome Oscar. Let us eradicate torture and other forms of injustice.
GAATI CELEBRATES UNITED NATIONS DAY IN SUPPORT OF VICTIMS OF TORTURE
Today marks the thirty second anniversary of United Nations Day recognizing and supporting victims of torture.
As we embark on this solemn occasion, it is imperative that we reflect on the turmoil torture has caused for millions across the world. The gruesome situations in Uganda, Myanmar, Yemen, North Korea, Sierra Leone, etc. are frequent reminders and admonitions that we conduct the fight against torture with fierce urgency. We must stand up to this menacing crime with all the fibers of our make-up. We call on nations that have not ratified this convention to do so immediately. Let us work together to make the world torture free.
GAATI applauds all rights workers, advocates, supporters, donors and people of goodwill for their support in this endeavor.
OUR TRIP TO SIERRA LEONE
Our visit to Sierra Leone in March 2019 was an eye opener and an opportunity to further understand the plight of torture or abuse victims. We observed that there is a huge community of amputees languishing around Freetown, Kenema (Eastern Province)and other parts of the country. These people are direct victims of the unspeakable cruelty that characterized the Sierra Leonean civil war which lasted from 1991 to 2002. The impact of the war still lingers.
We also observed that the healthcare sector, particularly outside of the capital city Freetown, needs enormous assistance especially after the crippling Ebola virus outbreak in the country in 2014.
We observed gangsterism on the rise. It seems to have a transnational dimension.
Environmental issue was also of concern to us during the trip.
Early childhood education in the interiors of the country needs improvement.
While the central government is making meaningful strides in the fight against corruption, dishonesty (corruption) still remains entrenched in both public and private sectors.
GAATI VISITS SIERRA LEONE
We are pleased to inform you about our recent visit to the West African Coastal nation of Sierra Leone. The purpose of the trip which lasted for ten days, was to explore the possibility of the establishment of regional office that will oversee expected operations in that part of the world.
Sierra Leone experienced an eleven year devastating civil war which started in 1991. The war was characterized by unspeakable torture, indiscriminate killings and wanton destruction of the nation infrastructures and other properties. The nation is slowing transitioning to stability and democracy but the long term effect of war presents serious challenges to it. The effect of torture and other forms of abuse that occurred during the war still haunts the country.
More about our mission to Sierra Leone will be published soon.
GAATI MOVES TO NEW OFFICE
We are glad to inform you that we have relocated to the busy Uptown neighborhood on the north side of Chicago. Our new address is:
Global Act against Torture and Injustice
4554 N. Broadway Street
Chicago, IL. 60640
GAATI GRACES KOVLER CENTER TORTURE TREATMENT SYMPOSIUM
GAATI was pleased to have been a part of the Heartland Alliance’s Marjorie Kovler Center Torture Treatment Symposium held on Thursday October 18, 2018 in Chicago.
The program featured many different speakers ranging from torture survivors to former and current Directors of the Kovler Center, The Chicago Torture Justice Center and the Executive Director of Torture Abolition and Survival Support Coalition (TASSC)International, Leonce Byimana.
We thank the center for the invitation and look forward to more collaborations.
We wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who have been supportive of this noble goal and ask you to continue your support as we strive to transform our world into a torture-free community.
We are proud to announce the appointment of Miss. Kibbeh Paye as acting regional representative of GAATI in West Africa. She is based in Liberia. Miss. Paye has made tremendous strides in not only establishing our branch office but has also swiftly gone to work relating to victims of torture and other abuses and identifying ways by which GAATI can be of help to them. We are looking forward to collaborating with local NGOs in the implementation of some of our projects.
STOP HUMAN SLAVE TRADE
GAATI is deeply troubled by recent news reports of human slave trade and torture that are currently going on in Libya and other areas in the region. This is a gross violation of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights and the United Nations Convention against Torture (UNCAT).
We hereby categorically denounce this practice and call on authorities in those countries to immediately disrupt and end this abuse. We further call on the UN and other humanitarian organizations to provide helping hands to governments in the region as they seek to arrest the situation.
Initially, we will be focusing on the implementation of programs in such areas as;
Women(torture impacted)Vocational Training Program. This program shall seek to empower vulnerable and abused women through the acquisition of basic knowledge and skill in soap making, carpentry, baking and other trades.
Peace Building. This is a project through which communities shall be fully engaged in the enhancement of sustainable peace and fostering reconciliation among people.
Public Awareness Program. Using both print and electronic media to educate people about the danger of torture and other forms of injustice.
Child Protection and Education Program.
These projects are expected to be carried out in countries such as Uganda, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Rwanda and other places where torture and other injustices are prevalent.