Liberia


    European Arrests Refuel Impunity Debate in Liberia
    28.05.15
    Julia Crawford

    Recent arrests of two Liberian war crimes suspects in Belgium and Switzerland are historic, says a lawyer defending victims. They have also reignited debate in Liberia over justice for the victims of that country’s civil war. “These arrests are historic for several reasons,” says Alain Werner, who represents victims in the Swiss case of former militia leader Alieu Kosiah and is also head of the Geneva-based NGO Civitas Maxima, which helped get National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) ex-commander Martina Johnson arrested in Belgium. “There have never before been any arrests in Europe for...

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    TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE IN LIBERIA – IN BRIEF
    27.05.15
    Julia Crawford

    Context: Civil War (1989 – 2003) The legacy of Liberia’s nearly fifteen-year civil war lives on more than a decade after the war’s end. Liberia still struggles to prosecute those responsible for the violence, and develop inclusive reconciliation mechanisms. As one Monrovia resident said to IRIN in 2013: “[Life] is just the same as before, but now there are no gunshots.” In 1989, the country descended into civil war when an armed rebel group led by Charles Taylor took much of the countryside by force, and toppled the capital of Monrovia in 1990. The country was unstable, without a functioning government, for most of the 1990s as rebels fought each other for control. There was a brief...

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