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No Genuine Peace Without Justice… American Envoy Writes On Formation Of Liberia’s War And Economic Crimes Court

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By: Patrick Cooper

WASHINGTON, USA: The government of the United States of America through its Ambassador-At-Large for Global Criminal Justice, Beth Van Schaack has revealed that it is closely watching to make sure that those advocating for justice in Liberia do not face threats to their safety.

In her open communication over the weekend, Ambassador Van Schaack noted that America wants to see that all Liberians can step forward and speak about the effort of the establishment of the war and economic crimes court without fear of intimidation or retribution.
According to her, the 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.

Ambassador Beth Van Schaack: “This is why I encourage everyone reading this to let your voices be heard on this issue. Speak out 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 U.S envoy indicated, that as the Ambassador-at-Large for Global Criminal Justice, she on a daily basis sees 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.
In her assertion, she said, 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,” she maintained.
According to the American war crime advocate, the bright future of Liberia is in their own hands and that it is time their voices must be heard promising that the United States stands with Liberia and is ready to support in such endeavor.
Ambassador Beth Van Schaack: “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, and this is your court and your history,” she stated.
The United States strong woman noted that she, along with the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, and colleagues 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.
According to her, 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,” she mentioned.
Ambassador Van Schaack also disclosed that it was thrilling to see a resolution in support of the War and Economic Crimes Court pass with strong support in the House of Representatives.
She congratulated the Speaker of the House and other Representatives for taking steps to implement what she described as a very important and welcome recommendations of the 2009 Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
“Now, it is over to the Senate,” Ambassador Van Schaack said.

The U.S Diplomat expressed her excitement of being a partner to Liberia in the journey to establishing the war and economic crimes court.
“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, she asserted.
Ambassador Beth Van Schaack open letter to Liberia comes barely few weeks after concluding her second visit to Liberia in early March 2024.
During her visit to Liberia, she met with President Joseph Nyuma Boakai, Vice President Jeremiah Kpan Koung, House Speaker J. Fonati Koffa and President Pro-Tempore Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence to discuss the way forward on the progress of establishing the court.

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