World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Liberia: UN hails launch of Truth & Reconciliation

Liberia: UN hails launch of Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Welcoming the formal launch of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) which aims to heal the societal wounds of Liberia’s brutal 14-year civil war, the top United Nations official in the country appealed for continued international support for the body.

“Today is another landmark in the process of seeking truth and justice, both of which are necessary for genuine peace and reconciliation in Liberia,” Luiz Carlos da Costa, Officer-in-Charge of the UN mission in the country (UNMIL), said yesterday at the central ceremony in the capital city of Monrovia.

While commending civil society for their relentless efforts to set up the Commission, Mr. da Costa stressed the importance of delving into the past to find out the root causes of the Liberian conflict so that a relapse into war can be prevented.

“The TRC is an unprecedented and exemplary testament to the courage we have summoned as a nation and a people, to reckon with our shameful past and to establish a consensus on national truth,” said President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, who came to office in January.

She urged all Liberians to “come forward and tell the truth. This is the greatest contribution that anyone can make to peace, reconciliation, unity and progress in Liberia.”

UNMIL supported the drafting of the national act that established the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and worked closely with the Transitional Justice Working Group on the Commission’s establishment.

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has provided the body with $600,000 for its operations.

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Ramzy Baroud: Year in Review Will 2018 Usher in a New Palestinian Strategy

2017 will be remembered as the year that the so-called ‘peace process’, at least in its American formulation, has ended. And with its demise, a political framework that has served as the foundation for US foreign policy in the Middle East has also collapsed. More>>


North Korea: NZ Denounces Missile Test

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has denounced North Korea’s latest ballistic missile test. The test, which took place this morning, is North Korea’s third test flight of an inter-continental ballistic missile. More>>


Campbell On: the US demonising of Iran

Satan may not exist, but the Evil One has always been a handy tool for priests and politicians alike.

Currently, Iran is the latest bogey conjured up by Washington to (a) justify its foreign policy interventions and (b) distract attention from its foreign policy failures.

Once upon a time, the Soviet Union was the nightmare threat for the entire Cold War era – and since then the US has cast the Taliban, al Qaeda, and Islamic State in the same demonic role. Iran is now the latest example…More

Catalan Independence:
Pro-independence parties appear to have a narrow majority. More>>