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Post-Conflict Countries - Promoting Human Rights and Justice in Liberia

Promoting Human Rights and Justice in Liberia

Issue

“Africa has suffered some of the world’s most horrific conflicts. [As these societies] progress toward peace, [they are often] ill-equipped for addressing past — and preventing future — abuses.”
— International Center for Transitional Justice 2006/2007 Annual Report

Strategies

  • Seek recognition for victims of mass atrocities and human rights violations
  • Build local capacity to facilitate truth seeking, prosecutions, reparations, and institutional reform
— International Center for Transitional Justice

Case Study

International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ)
  • Incubated by the Ford Foundation and launched in 2001
  • Helps countries pursue accountability for mass atrocities and human rights abuses
  • Works in Liberia and 7 other Sub-Saharan countries
  • Received $25 million in start-up funds from Ford and 4 other foundations

Results

  • Helped create the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Liberia (TRC), which investigates abuses committed during the civil wars
  • Fostered campaign to engage Liberian refugees in the U.S. in the truth-seeking process
  • Trained Liberian journalists on transitional justice and supported their coverage of the war crimes trial of ex-President Charles Taylor

Research Sources


International Center for Transitional Justice




Ford Foundation




Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Liberia


Communicating Justice


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