Thursday, October 19, 2006

War Crimes Tribunal Called For, Again

From a site run by Liberians in the US:

The former head and chief prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, David Cane says Liberia needs a war crime tribunal to bring about truth, justice and sustainable peace for victims in that troubled West African state.

This is a constant source of controversy here. The TRC is up and running, with just a few hiccups so far, but what about all the warlords and alleged war criminals that are still in government? Some of them (allegedly) have just as much blood on their hands as Taylor, right?
Students stage marches on this issue, newspaper editorials debate it, and radio talk-show callers
bring it up all the time. Is the government waiting for some of the dust to settle around the TRC first? Are they waiting for the Taylor trial to end?

I guess for the sake of harm reduction, I'd rather see these alleged perps stay in congress for a while, just to keep them happy. Justice is nice, but peace and stability are nicer.


Blogger ambassador said...

this might be an overly simplistic view, but aren't TRCs and WCTs mutually exclusive? Can you have both? And if so, in which order? I thought that TRCs allow perps to have amnesty, so can you go on and try them later as warm criminals after they've participated in the TRC process?

7:32 PM  
Blogger josh said...

TRCs can recommend people for war crimes prosecution in the end, i think. or they have done so in the past.

4:10 PM  

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