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Friday, June 14, 2024

ANDERSON MIAMEN: WAR AND ECONOMIC CRIMES COURT ON THE HORIZON FOR LIBERIA

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MONROVIA, LIBERIA – A historic decision was reached on Tuesday, April 9, 2024, as 28 senators signed a resolution establishing a war and economic crimes court in Liberia.

Since the resolution’s signing, Liberians, especially rights activists, have lauded the Senate for this decisive action.

Among those commending the move is Mr. Anderson Miamen, Executive Director of one of Liberia’s leading integrity institutions, the Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL). Miamen expressed his approval, stating, “The establishment of a War and Economic Crimes Court in Liberia is a significant milestone. I appreciate the Senators for their bold action and eagerly anticipate the next steps. This is a clear win for good governance and accountability in Liberia.”

It is worth recalling that between 1989 and 2003, Liberia was engulfed in a brutal civil war that inflicted widespread destruction, loss of life, and displacement of civilians. The conflict, initiated by Charles Taylor’s armed rebellion against President Samuel Doe’s government, was marked by ethnic tensions and involvement from various factions, including the NPFL, ULIMO, and ECOMOG forces.

The impact of the civil war was profound, resulting in hundreds of thousands of deaths, millions of displaced individuals, and extensive damage to infrastructure and institutions. Healing the scars of this conflict and advancing reconciliation, peacebuilding, and sustainable development remain ongoing priorities for Liberia.

Socrates Smythe Saywon
Socrates Smythe Saywon is a Liberian journalist. You can contact me at 0777425285 or 0886946925, or reach out via email at saywonsocrates@smartnewsliberia.com or saywonsocrates3@gmail.com.

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