• Liberia: War Crimes Court Talks Begin


    The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has questioned the government of Liberia's road-map for justice for victims of the Liberian Civil War and the establishment of the War Crimes Court.

    Madam Bachelet also expressed alarm over the situation of Gender and Domestic violence in Liberia. She thanked the government of Liberia for the passage of the Land Rights Act while calling for the implementation of the instrument as well as the reactivation of Transparency agencies to fight issues of corruption and human rights abuses.

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  • Alliance for Transitional Justice Promises to Defeat Impunity in Liberia


    The Alliance for Transitional Justice (ATJ), a rights group consisting of 16 institutions drawn from civil society organizations, faith-based, legal, educational, research, women/youth focus and networks of massacre survivors’ related institutions have committed to work together to defeat impunity in the country.

    On June 12, 2018, the name, Alliance for Transitional Justice was adopted to advocate for the full and timely implementation of the 2009 Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Report.

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  • U.S.-Based Liberians to Help Compatriots


    A group of Liberians based in the U.S. has formed a National Peace and Reconciliation Initiative (NPRI) to promote peace among Liberians. National Chairman Dr. Joe Gbaba says the goal of the NPRI is to provide a forum where Liberians of diverse opinions have an opportunity to exchange views on ways to achieve sustainable peace and reconciliation in Liberia.

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  • Liberia: LNBA Gets Tough on TRC Report


    The Liberian National Bar Association (LNBA) has finally endorsed the full implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) report and the establishment of a War and Economic Crimes Court. The TRC report was completed in 2009, but it took the National Legislature over a decade to agree on its implementation.

    The decision was reached following tense debate among 94 delegates at the end of the LNBA General Assembly. During the event, 86 out of the 94 voted for the implementation of the document. Four voted against implementation and four abstained from the process.

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  • Liberia: US House Committee Passes Resolution to Support Execution of TRC


    The cause to establish a war crimes court in Liberia received another boost from the international community when the United States House of Representatives’ committee on Foreign Affairs passed a resolution to support the establishment of a war crimes court in the West African state. US Representative Daniel Donovon, main sponsor of the resolution, remarked on Twitter that “stopping war crimes before they happen is just as important as ensuring that justice prevails afterwards.

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  • US Court Sentences Former Liberian Warlord to 30 Years


    Mohammed Jabbateh, 51, given lengthy jail term owing to nature of crimes he sought to hide.

    A former Liberian warlord known as “Jungle Jabbah” has been sentenced to 30 years in prison in a groundbreaking judgment by a US court for lying about his role in Liberia’ civil war and the atrocities he committed.

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  • Liberia Joins African Union Peace and Security Council


    The African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) on Monday, March 26, inducted Liberia as member of the Peace and Security Council (PSC) for a two-year term.

    Liberia was elected to the Council during the 30th Ordinary Session of the African Union, which convened in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in January 2018. This is the first time Liberia will serve in the Council since its inauguration 15 years ago.

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  • U.N. closes up Liberia peacekeeping mission after 15 years


    The United Nations closed its peacekeeping mission to Liberia on Thursday, 15 years after it was deployed in the aftermath of two civil wars that ended with the fall of then-president Charles Taylor.

    The mission had already withdrawn most of its 15,000 troops in mid-2016, signaling that the poor West African nation can meet its own security needs. Some 2,000 U.N. forces had remained in case of an emergency, but over time they have pulled out.

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  • Peace Dialogues Create PRCs in Bong, Margibi


    Peace and reconciliation dialogues across districts in Bong and Margibi counties continue amid the ongoing political ‘wahala‘ in the country. An initiative of NAYMOTE Partners for Democratic Development, the fundamental objective of the dialogues is to consolidate peace during and after the 2017 presidential and legislative elections.

    “These events have been implemented at the county, district and community levels with the participation of diverse members of the county,” NAYMOTE Program Director Aaron Weah-Weah said in a statement yesterday.

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  • Liberia: Quiet Pursuit of War Criminals Signals Hope Against Impunity


    When jurors in a U.S. Federal Courthouse in the city of Brotherly Love found former Liberian rebel commander Mohammed Jabbateh, aka "Jungle Jabbah," guilty of two counts of fraud and two counts of perjury for lying to U.S. government officials about his role as a combatant in the Liberian Civil War, last week, it marked the latest in a series of attempts by forces outside Liberia to bring perpetrators of the country's bloody civil war to book.

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