Liberia’s Independent National Human Rights Commission To Begin TRC Recommendations

Liberia’s Independent National Human Rights Commission To Begin TRC Recommendations

Liberia’s Independent National Human Rights Commission has said it would from next month begin implementing the recommendations of the defunct Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which included prosecuting key warlords, the Africa Review website reports.

The Truth Commission had also recommended that President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf be barred from holding public office for a period of 30 years, which analysts say would be near-impossible to implement.

The sanctions carry financial, political and legal ramifications, sources said.

But insiders told the Africa Review that the recommendations would further be examined through the traditional “palava hut” dynamic with the view to mitigating them “in the interest of peace and stability”.

The palava hut dynamic entails a meeting of “wise men” to find amicable solutions, including confession and forgiveness, to sensitive issues that face traditional settings, particularly in West Africa.

Gen Johnson was a presidential candidate during last year’s poll and supported President Sirleaf when she pledged not to release convicted warlords to the local and international jurisdictions.

Early this month, the US Government issued a warrant to deport Dr George Boley, a former Liberian Education minister and former warlord during the country’s 14 years of civil conflict, who is accused of recruiting child soldiers.