Support For War Crimes Court Establishment In Liberia Swells As 50 Lawmakers Affixed Signatures


The debate for the establishment of War Crimes court in Liberia is intensifying by the day in Liberia despite mixed views and or opinion on the matter.

Though there are divided views on the crucial national issue, the direct representatives of the People Lawmakers are said to be making efforts to ensure their participation on said issue is felt to the core.

On Friday, October 4, 2019 about fifty Lawmakers from the House of Representatives give another green-light to the debate on why the court should be established in Liberia.

The fifty Lawmakers representing about 75% of Representatives from fifteen political subdivisions of Liberia signed a resolution in full support of the establishment of the war crimes court in Liberia.

The number which has swell from thirty to fifty appears to be a numerical boost for the debate.

In its resolution, the House also expressed full support for the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Recommendations including the establishment of an extraordinary criminal court in Liberia.

The fifty Lawmakers assured President George Weah of their commitment to working with him to ensure the court’s establishment.

Moreover, and through the resolution the people’s direct representatives called on President Weah to contact the United Nations, International Partners, Institutions and civil Society organizations for assistance in establishing the extraordinary court Liberia in a manner that allows trials of international crimes in accordance with international standards and best practices.

The decision for the establishment of war crimes court in Liberia from the fifteen political subdivisions of the Country among the people especially regionally appears to be based on several backgrounds and or reasons.

To some, it is a personal issue, while others see it as tribal, justice, political and precedence related Issues, however and with the divided views on the issue, Lawmakers are making progress to ensure that the court is established in Liberia through series of political and other means possible.

In Nimba County where the war started saw four out of nine Lawmakers who affixed their Signatures for the court to be established in Liberia while in neighboring Grand Gedeh two out of three Lawmakers signed the document.

Elsewhere in Bomi and Grand Kru Counties respectively none of the three lawmakers each from the two Counties signed the document while in Grand Bassa, Grand Cape Mount, Margibi and Rivergee Counties all five, five, three and three Representatives signed the resolution.

Additionally, in Gbarpolu, Sinoe and Maryland Counties six out of a total of nine lawmakers from the three Counties signed the resolution.

In Bong Couny six out of seven Lawmakers signed while in four out of five lawmakers also signed the document in Lofa County.

And in Montserrado County eleven out of the Seventeen Representatives signed the resolution including CDC’s Abu Kamara and Jimmy Smith though some of their colleagues from the ruling party to include: Dixon Seeboe, Munah Pelhnam and Acarous Gray did not sign the resolution.

Indeed, the positions are divided on backgrounds best known to the Lawmakers.

The leadership at the House of Representatives also appeared to be divided on the matter with Deputy House Speaker Prince Moye who affixed his signature to the document while Speaker Dr. Bhofal Chambers did not sign.

As the debate continues at the national legislature so is it among the people as the road for the finalization positive or not is still far from being achieved now.