War Crimes Court Campaigners Protest

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By A. Omaska Jallah

Campaigners seeking for the establishment of a war and economic crimes court in Liberia took to the streets of Monrovia to petition the Liberian government and international partners for victims of the civil war to get justice.

As early as 8:00 A.M. on Monday, November 12, 2018, civil society organizations in collaboration with victims of the Liberian civil war were seen protesting with placards of various of inscriptions which indicates that the time is now for a war crimes court in the country.

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Presenting the petition to the office of President George Manneh Weah, the head of the CSOs, Adama Dempster, said Liberia’s peace remains fragile because issues surrounding conflict in Liberia have not been addressed.

Dempster said their petition is to request from President Weah, justice for those who are victims of the civil war as well as those perpetrated the carnage against Liberians.

They stressed that it was unacceptable to award lucrative positions to those who committed crimes against thousands of Liberians.

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According to Mr. Dempster, Liberia is no different from Sierra Leone, Rwanda and other countries that have addressed the issues of justice.

He said impunity must be eradicated and allowed the rule of law to be respected rather than the rule of men.

“The over 250,000 persons, who died during the civil war, deserve justice as such, the Liberian government must take serious our request to establish the court in Liberia,” Dempster said.

Receiving the petition on behalf of President Weah, Cllr. Archie Bernard, Legal Advisor to the President, thanked the group for conducting themselves orderly and peacefully, saying “peaceful assembly is the essence for the democracy Liberians now enjoy”.

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Cllr. Bernard promised to present the petition to the President, assuring the group that President Weah will give the petition a due consideration that it deserves.

Others petitioned by the CSOs include the United States Embassy near Monrovia, the European Union (EU) and the United Nations.

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