Liberian legislatures to pass into law a bill to establish a war and economic crimes court

Liberian legislatures to pass into law a bill to establish a war and economic crimes court

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Caroline Applton started this petition to United Nations and

As a Liberian born during the Liberian civil war of the 1990s (the war ended in 2003), I am extremely distress to see that after 18 years of post- civil war ‘peace’ and about 250,000 Liberians killed, that the previous and current governments of Liberia has not done everything in their democratically elected power to pass a successful bill in the senate to establish a War and Economic Crimes Court which would allow victims to be able to obtain and assert justice against perpetrators and instigators for their many hideous, senseless and incomprehensible crimes committed dating from 1989 to 2003.

I am not only distressed by my family’s experience of the civil war,  I am in fact, in agony as I read eye witnesses accounts relating to the Gibril Massaquoi trial of whom is alleged to be responsible for many atrocities against countless and innocent Liberians in....Liberia. The trial is currently taking place in Liberia by the Finnish justice system, against Sierra Leonean national, Massaquoi of whom sort asylum in Finland. What makes the trial even more  interesting is that, about twelve people from the Finnish juridical system travelled from Finland to Liberia in March 2021 in order to hear witnesses accounts and see the location of Massaquoi atrocities as described in the case. 

So, why should Liberian legislatures pass a bill in the senate to establish a War and Economic Crimes Court? This question is answered best by Nathaniel Barnes, notably in his 2019 online opinion piece, for the Front Page Africa newspaper in Liberia. Mr Barnes stated the following:

“The perpetrators of war and economic crimes against the Liberian people must face justice. More importantly, Liberians owe it to themselves to use the opportunity of a War and Economic Crimes Court to bring important aspects of our societal dysfunction to closure thus opening the door to a brighter future. Rather than a witch hunt, this exercise should seek to expose the ways in which powerful individuals committed crimes which seriously harmed the people of this nation. An un-reconciled society can never expect to achieve sustainable economic, social or political development since stability, predictability, inclusion and the Rule of Law are indispensable ingredients for development.”

 

 

Reference:

https://frontpageafricaonline.com/opinion/liberia-reflections-on-the-necessity-of-a-war-and-economic-crimes-court/

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