Truth and Reconciliation Commission (Liberia)
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The Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) is a Parliament-enacted organization created in May 2005 under the Transitional Government. The Commission worked throughout the first mandate of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf after her election as President of Liberia in November 2005.
Its mandate is to "promote national peace, security, unity and reconciliation" by investigating more than 20 years of civil conflict in the country and to report on gross human rights violations that occurred in Liberia between January 1979 and 14 October 2003.
The Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission was released July 1, 2009 and is available at .
In their Final Report, issued June 2009, the TRC included Sirleaf in a list of 49 names of people that should be "specifically barred from holding public offices; elected or appointed for a period of thirty (30) years" for "being associated with former warring factions." On 26 July Sirleaf apologized to Liberia for supporting Charles Taylor, adding that "when the true nature of Mr. Taylor’s intentions became known, there was no more impassioned critic or strong opponent to him in a democratic process" than she. On 28 August Liberia's parliament announced they must "consult our constituents for about a year" before deciding whether or not to implement the Commission's recommendations.
In January 2011, the Supreme Court ruled in Williams v. Tah, a case brought a person recommended for being banned from public office in the TRC report, that the TRC's recommendation was an unconstitutional violation of the listed individuals' right to procedural due process, and that it would be unconstitutional for the government to implement the proposed bans.
The government of Liberia appointed 10 members.
- Jerome J. Verdier, chairperson
- Dede Dolopei, vice chairperson
- Oumu K. Syllah, treasurer
- Bishop Arthur F. Kulah
- Sheikh Kafumba F. Konneh
- Pearl Brown Bull
- Gerald B. Coleman
- John H. T. Stewart
- Massa Washington
- Henrietta Joy Abena Mensa Bonsu
- Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Liberia Final Report Volume II
- Clinton Supports President of Liberia, New York Times.
- Liberian Parliament Delay Action on Truth Commission Findings, Bloomberg
- "Liberian Supreme Court Squashes Truth And Reconciliation Commission Ban on Politicians". NetNewsPublisher. January 24, 2011.
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