CSOs Mount Pressure for War Crimes Court

The decision of the lawmakers came shortly after President Weah’s message to the 54th United Nations General Assembly in which he named major steps to bring justice for those wrongs committed during the civil war by endorsing a war and economic crimes court. When quizzed about the position of President George M. Weah who called for dialogue rather than the establishment of a war and economic crimes court, Dempster told the Daily Observer, “The President needs to have a clear understanding about those international instruments when we talk about issues of war crimes. They are above the issue of domestic crimes [and] which our legal system in the country cannot handle.”“We have realized that the President is still learning when it comes to the process of establishing war crimes court because, if he had the full disclosure of what war crime is and what the Truth and Recondition Committee report says, then, he will know how to draw his line around the issue of reconciliation, dialogue, and war crimes court,” Dempster said. He said when it comes to the establishment of War Crimes Court, the President will sometimes say one thing and then come back to say another, but the greater goal for Liberia is the responsibility it has to make sure that people who committed war crimes and created untold suffering for the people are brought to justice. Dempster said that war crimes cannot be dialogued but the best remedy is to establish a court that will bring perpetrators to face justice.

January 17, 2020 02:26 UTC

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