International Justice

CJ354 Endicott College

Coalition for Justice in Liberia

In order to prosecute the perpetrators of various war crimes in Liberia, five human rights organizations have announced the development of a coalition, the Coalition for Justice in Liberia, “to advocate for justice, create awareness, and campaign for the establishment of an international tribunal to prosecute perpetrators of war,” thus utilizing a major part of the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Liberia. The coalition described in some detail what they plan to do to uphold justice for the victims of the Liberia wars and unsurprisingly, many of their propositions are reminiscent of those commonly employed for transitional justice, like in the ICTY and ICTR. For example, they plan to strengthen the rule of law in Liberia, advocate reparations, memorials, and establish a war crimes court for Liberia. However considering some of the questions of the effectiveness of international criminal tribunals, the goals of this coalition seem a little over-ambitious. I just wonder what they will do differently to tackle to the problems that they will probably face that other criminal tribunals have dealt with.

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