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Title:Briefing: Liberia's experiment with transitional justice
Author:Steinberg, JonnyISNI
Periodical:African Affairs: The Journal of the Royal African Society
Geographic term:Liberia
Subject:truth and reconciliation commissions
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/40388450
Abstract:In June 2009, Liberia's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) handed down a Final Report recommending that 98 people be prosecuted for violations of international humanitarian law and war crimes committed during Liberia's civil war. Among those named were sitting members of the country's legislature, prominent businessmen and public officials. The Final Report went on to recommend that a further 50 people, including the country's feted president, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, be barred from public office for 30 years. Former warlords, foreign governments, and human rights NGOs all found the Report intolerable, and this will almost certainly ensure that non of its contentious recommendations become law. Aside from making enemies of its natural allies, the Report's recommendations on prosecution and censure are based on shaky and unreasoned foundations, and stand little chance of surviving judicial review. Instead of heralding a new beginning, the Report is likely to become the latest emblem of Liberians' long-standing bitterness that those in power get away with too much. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]