Calls to establish a war and economic crimes court in Liberia continue to gain momentum, despite a warning from the Liberian Senate to President George Weah to avoid “reopening old wounds.”
More than 40 human rights organizations in Liberia are calling on President George Weah to commit to establishing a war crimes court in Liberia during the upcoming United Nations General Assembly.
As members of the senate reconvened for its third session on Monday, Senate President Pro Tempore Albert Chie has predicted a challenging session amid the upcoming senatorial election in October.
President George Weah has taken a defensive stand against critics of his speech delivered at the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
President George Weah has requested the support of the United Nations to implement recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, including the establishment of a special tribunal to try individuals accused of committing war and economic crimes during the countryâ€™s 14 years of civil war.
A lead campaigner for justice for war victims in Liberia, Hassan Bility, has commended President George Weah for seeking legislative guidance in the implementation of recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, including the establishment of a war and economic crimes court.
Associate Justice Kabina Jaâ€™neh was impeached by the House of Representatives in August 2018. He was convicted and removed from office by the Senate on March 29, 2019. He faced four counts in the bill of impeachment; however, he was found guilty on one count: the Road Fund.
U.S. Ambassador to Liberia Christine Elder has issued a strong statement against the holding of a planned protest during the week of the July 26 Independence Day celebrations.