Liberians Plagued by Mental Health Problems in Aftermath of War

Ganta, Nimba County – The heat of late morning sun here is overwhelming today.  Dorbor Kullie- [name withheld to protect him from stigma] moves his chair by the side of a building to benefit from its shade.  He uses his shirt to wipe his face but he continues to perspire profusely.  Yet, he wears a…

Liberia: U.S. Judge Rules Lutheran Massacre Case Will Go Ahead

MONROVIA – An American court has ruled that Moses Thomas, the senior officer who allegedly ordered the Lutheran Church Massacre, will face trial in Philadelphia. A civil suit brought by the Center for Justice and Accountability on behalf of four anonymous survivors of the massacre alleges Thomas gave the command for the killings when he…

Samay Massacre Survivors Call for Justice Through a War Crime Court

SAMAY, Bong – As calls for the establishment of war and economic crimes court in Liberia intensify, victims and survivors of the infamous Samay Massacre have joined, demanding the prosecution of those who carried out the massacre here in 1994 that killed 28 people and destroyed 22 houses. This story first appeared on Bush Chicken as…

Liberia: UN, American Envoys Call for War Crimes Court at Milestone Justice Conference

Monrovia – Stephen Rapp, former United States Ambassador-at-Large for Global Criminal Justice and Dr. Uchenna Emelonye, Country Representative of the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights have both called for Liberia to set up a war crimes court to prosecute perpetrators of its civil war. This story first appeared on FrontPageAfrica as part of…

The Quest for War Crimes Court: Who are the International Players?

Monrovia – The call for a Liberian war and economic crimes court has reached new heights since President George Weah became head of state. Campaigners see the ex-football superstar as the best person to muster the political will for a court because he has no known connections to the war. This story first appeared on…

German Envoy Says Justice for Liberian War Victim Is Key

MONROVIA – Hubert Jäger, the German Ambassador to Liberia, joined the chorus of international community calling on Liberia to hold a war crimes court. This story first appeared on FrontPageAfricaOnline as part of a collaboration for the West Africa Justice Reporting Project. Speaking at the launch of the Alliance for Transitional Justice, a collaboration of…

Family Calls for Justice and Reparations over Maher Massacre

Morris Town, Bomi County – Watta Kanneh, 68, struggles to draw water from a creek next to towering palm trees, where she and other villagers make palm oil in two blackened drums sitting over huge fire hearths. Kanneh still suffers from wounds she received 16 years ago during the 2003 killings that became known as…

Liberia: War Crimes ‘Victim’ Advocates for Court Establishment

Monrovia – Since the recent increase in calls for the establishment of a war and economic crimes court, many victims of Liberia’s 14-year brutal civil war are speaking out about their painful ordeals at the hands of warring factions. They are also joining call and urging major state actors to push for the establishment of…

Call for Applications for the West Africa Justice Reporting Project

New Narratives, a non-governmental organization that has been driving improvement in Liberia’s media sector for 9 years, is excited to announce a major new reporting project in Liberia and Sierra Leone – The West Africa Justice Reporting Project.  WAJRP is running from 2018-2020 and will feature training, mentoring and capacity building for Liberian journalists and…

Seven Years After War, is Liberia Ready for a War Crimes Trial?

Click to hear the whole story. [audio:http://newnarratives.podbean.com/mf/web/atxwwr/TeceeTRCFinalpackageNov2010.mp3] A symposium on Liberia’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission in New York this month has once again stirred debate about recommendations in the TRC’s final report. The government has failed to implement most of them, chief among them the establishment of a war crimes tribunal to try more than…

Is Liberia Ready for War Crime Tribunal? Liberian people are divided

A conference in New York earlier this month has renewed debate about one key recommendation of Liberia’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Delegates, including TRC Chairman Jerome J. Verdier, said the time has come to prosecute 182 Liberians accused in the report of war crimes. But Front Page Africa interviews with Liberians in Monrovia found ordinary…