Open Letter to the People of Liberia from U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Criminal Justice Beth Van Schaack

In early March, I concluded my second visit to Liberia—it was a visit filled with hope and inspiration.
Like so many Liberians, I—along with the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, my colleagues here in Washington, and others within the international community—was very pleased to see President Boakai’s announcement in his inaugural address that he would begin the process of creating a War and Economic Crimes Court for Liberia. Liberians have waited far too long to see justice for the horrific abuses they suffered in the country’s two civil wars, despite recommendations from your Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). I applaud President Boakai for making justice such a priority in the early days of his administration.
It was also thrilling to see a resolution in support of the War and Economic Crimes Court pass with strong support in the House. Congratulations to the Speaker of the House and other Representatives for taking steps to implement the very important and welcome recommendations of the 2009 Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Now, over to the Senate!
As the Ambassador-at-Large for Global Criminal Justice, I see daily around the world how entrenched impunity for atrocities harms not only the direct victims of those crimes but all of society and the very fabric of a nation. When there is no accountability for the worst crimes known to humankind, it undermines the rule of law and contributes to corruption and lawlessness.
In so many ways, there can be no true and lasting peace without justice.
When I again spoke on Radio OK FM during my visit, I was asked if I would be disappointed if Liberia did not build a War and Economic Crimes Court before my next visit. Of course, I would like to see a war crimes court in Liberia, but it is not my opinion that matters. The imagined Court emerged from the recommendations of your TRC with a goal of bringing real justice for Liberians. This is your court and your history.
This is why I encourage everyone reading this to let your voices be heard on this issue. Speak up in your communities. Write, call, or reach out to your representatives and local leaders and tell them how you feel. If you want to see justice, let your leadership know how impunity affects you, your family, and your community.
The bright future of Liberia is in your hands—your voices must be heard.
The United States stands with you and is ready to support you in this endeavor.
The United States will also be watching closely to make sure that those advocating for justice do not face threats to their safety and that all Liberians can step forward and speak about this effort without fear of intimidation or retribution. Victims and witnesses must play a central role in the work of the future Court, and they must be able to do so freely and safely.
I am so excited to be your partner in this journey. I had a wonderful visit to Liberia, and I cannot wait for my next one—when I hope I will be able to help you welcome the establishment of the War and
Economic Crimes Court for all Liberians.
Until next time!

About The Author

You May Also Like

More From Author

53Comments

Add yours
  1. 2
    Consultez notre pharmacie en ligne à prix réduit dès maintenant

    Économisez sur votre achat de haloperidol
    Trouvez des réponses à vos questions sur la haloperidol en ligne haloperidol pour la grossesse planifiée
    Consultez un médecin en ligne pour votre haloperidol haldol sans délai d’attente
    haldol sans ordonnance : Les alternatives légales peut-on avoir haloperidol sans ordonnance en France
    Achetez de la haldol de qualité pharmaceutique en ligne
    Obtenez une ordonnance électronique pour votre haldol
    haloperidol sans ordonnance : est-ce possible en ligne ? Avantages de l’utilisation du haloperidol selon les experts
    Achat de haloperidol sur Internet : ce que les consommateurs doivent
    savoir haloperidol en ligne disponible avec paiement
    sécurisé
    haloperidol en ligne rapide et facile France Achat rapide de haloperidol en ligne
    trouver haldol en pharmacie locale
    achat de haloperidol en ligne sans ordonnance
    haloperidol de haute qualité disponible en ligne en France haloperidol sans
    ordonnance : Risques et bénéfices
    haloperidol disponible en ligne avec livraison rapide
    Commandez haldol en ligne avec facilité en France Options
    de dosage variées pour la haloperidol
    Les interactions médicamenteuses à connaître avant d’acheter haldol en ligne Points de vente autorisés
    de haloperidol en France
    haldol en ligne rapide et facile France
    haloperidol à prix raisonnable Trouvez des avis d’utilisateurs sur la haloperidol en ligne
    achat de haloperidol Commander haloperidol en toute sécurité
    Pharmacie en ligne pour acheter de la haloperidol en Belgique
    Où trouver haldol en ligne en France
    haloperidol sans délai d’attente haldol : guide d’achat pour les débutants
    en ligne
    Meilleurs prix pour le haldol en pharmacie
    haldol disponible à prix abordable en Suisse
    Pharmacie en ligne pour acheter de la haldol en Belgique haldol disponible en ligne en Suisse
    haloperidol sans compromis sur la qualité
    haloperidol achat en toute confiance
    haloperidol disponible à l’achat sans prescription
    haldol authentique disponible en ligne Acheter du haloperidol en ligne en toute simplicité
    Acheter haldol en ligne : ce qu’il faut savoir sur la réglementation en France
    haldol sans ordonnance haldol en vente avec des instructions
    d’utilisation claires

  2. 3
    Gibt es legale Möglichkeiten

    Wonderful site you have here but I was curious if you
    knew of any discussion boards that cover the same topics discussed in this article?
    I’d really like to be a part of online community where I can get responses from other experienced people that
    share the same interest. If you have any recommendations, please let me know.
    Bless you!

  3. 14
    http://oldpeoplewholikebirds.com/forum/memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&u=76792

    I’ve been browsing online more than 3 hours these days, but I by no means found any interesting article like yours. It’s pretty value sufficient for me. In my opinion, if all web owners and bloggers made good content as you probably did, the net shall be a lot more helpful than ever before.

    Here is my homepage http://oldpeoplewholikebirds.com/forum/memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&u=76792

+ Leave a Comment