Liberia: Women Brainstorm On TRC Recommendation

Women’s NGO Secretariat of Liberia (WONGOSOL) in collaborations with the Liberia Future Trust (LIFT) supported by Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) and Conciliation Resources has ended a brainstorming engagement with stakeholders on the implementation of the TRC Recommendation.

The engagement held Friday, December 17, 2021, brought together several participants from different women-led organizations across Montserrado County under the theme: Implementation of TRC Recommendations to break barriers and circle of impunity by establishing war crime Crime’s Court.

The TRC recommendation contains major findings on the root causes of the 14-year Liberian civil conflict, its impact on women, children and the generality of the Liberian society; responsibility for the massive commission of Gross Human Rights Violations (GHRV), and violations of International Humanitarian Law (IHL), International Human Rights Law (IHRL) as well as Egregious Domestic Law Violations (EDLV).

The report also determined and recommended that Criminal Prosecution for these violations, Reparations, and a “Palava Hut” Forum is necessary and desirable to redress impunity, promote peace, justice, security, unity, and genuine national reconciliation.

The TRC was agreed upon in the August 2003 Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Accra, Ghana, created by the TRC Act of 2005.

The TRC was established to “promote national peace, security, unity and reconciliation,” and at the same time make it possible to hold perpetrators accountable for gross human rights violations and violations of international humanitarian law that occurred in Liberia between January 1979 and October 2003.