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Friday, June 14, 2024

FINAL STEP: BOAKAI POISED TO NOTIFY UNSG OF LIBERIA’S WAR CRIMES COURT INTENT

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MONROVIA – President Joseph Boakai of Liberia has taken a historic stride toward addressing the legacy of civil war, marking a significant move towards justice and reconciliation in a nation haunted by years of turmoil. The brutal civil wars in Liberia claimed over 300,000 lives, leaving scars that have yet to heal fully. The establishment of a war and economic crimes court has long been clamored for by Liberians and international partners alike.

Breaking away from past administrations’ reluctance, President Boakai, in collaboration with former faction leader Prince Johnson, has demonstrated unprecedented courage by issuing an Executive Order to set the wheels in motion for the court’s establishment. This bold decision signifies a turning point in Liberia’s quest for accountability for the atrocities committed during the conflicts.

However, while this executive order is a crucial step forward, experts emphasize the necessity of one final action to fully realize this endeavor: formally informing the United Nations Secretary-General of Liberia’s intention to establish the court. This official communication is expected to galvanize crucial funding and logistical support, adding an indispensable international dimension to the judicial process.

As President Boakai is currently visiting the United States, speculation mounts that he will seize the opportunity during his visit to undertake this pivotal task. The transmission of this communication to the UNSG is poised to kickstart the process of establishing the court, underscoring Liberia’s steadfast commitment to confronting its turbulent past and fostering a future anchored in justice and reconciliation.

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