Demonstration Greets Weah at UN Assembly

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At the U.N. headquarters in New York, demonstrators carry placards demanding justice for war crimes committed in Liberia.

US-based Liberians demand Justice for war victims

By Alloycious David

A group of Liberians based in the United States yesterday, September 18, staged a “peaceful protest” at the headquarters of the United Nations in New York, demanding justice for individuals killed during Liberia’s 14-year brutal civil war.

Liberians, under the banner of “Peace and Justice March,” paraded placards bearing photographs of former and current Liberian presidents, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and George Weah.

The placards also had photographs of alleged victims of mayhem reportedly committed during Liberia’s Civil War. The series of protests, which was broadcast live on social media (Facebook), coincided with the commencement of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 73) in New York, the United States of America.

Liberian human rights advocate, Vandalark Patricks, organizing chairman of the “Peace and Justice March,” said a cross-section of Liberians had gathered before the UN Headquarters, urging the world body and all partners to unconditionally prevail on President George Weah, in order to ensure justice, accountability, and the strengthening of the rule of law at the very top of his government’s agenda.

“For too long we have cried for justice, but those responsible to dispense that justice have not listened to the cries of Liberia’s war victims,” Patricks said in a petition statement obtained by our reporter. He said Liberian war victims see the failure of their leaders to dispense justice as a form of deception and evasion of justice for thousands of people who were killed during Liberia’s “senseless” Civil War.

Patricks said that it is about time the UN pressure the Liberian Government to revisit the issue of justice for past heinous crimes committed during Liberia’s civil crisis, notably by establishing a special war and economic crimes’ court, to investigate those that allegedly committed atrocities, in order to bring justice to the victims, punish the perpetrators and strengthen respect for the rule of law.

“This is our demand and the world must listen now,” Patricks said, adding: “Despite the commission of those heinous atrocities against our people, most of the perpetrators of the war have now been recruited to work in high profile positions in the President Weah Administration.”

Some Liberians demonstrate demanding the setting up of war crimes court in the country.

He said that the recruitment of perpetrators of war and economic crimes could suggest to anyone that President Weah is not only oblivious of the bloody past, but very guilty in his heart, despite his “innocent appearance as a humanitarian.”

“The March for Justice Campaign firmly believes that securing justice is crucial to sustaining the peace surplus that Liberians have longed so hard to realize,” the rights campaigner added.

He also told the UN that as victims of the bloody past, “we are very much aware that Liberia’s brutal armed conflict (1989-1996, and 1999-2003) was characterized by the commission of widespread and systematic violations of international, human rights and humanitarian laws that included the rape of women and teenagers, the disembowelment of pregnant women, and the subsequent destruction of unborn children, human beings slaughtered like animals and sometimes eaten like barbecue.”

Copies of the group’s statement were forwarded to the Human Rights Section of the United Nations, the UN Security Council, and was also sent to Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Civitas Maxima, International Criminal Court, The Hague, US Congress and US State Department, Patricks told our reporter in a brief chat.

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  1. What a bunch of jokers? So of the nearly 250 thousand lives lost in that war, the death of five nuns constitutes the main motivation for this other call for “War Crime” court in Liberia? Isn’t this level of callousness for the many others who died during that war, too early a demonstration of least interest in Liberians versus Americans and in want of American sympathy? I can’t imagine the level alienation or apathy for Liberians if dual citizenship were to ever become a reality.

    • A mere less than 12 unemployed or very less busy foreigners, who once had Liberia as their homeland, gone out to quench their boredom at home, is what is “Demonstration Greets Weah at UN Assembly”?

  2. I find it very hard to comprehend my fellow Liberians noise in the vanguard for justice when some of them blatantly shouted and lied today that they cannot go back home, their lives are in danger, they would be hunted and bla bla. Is that a real call for justice knowing that Liberia has enjoyed twelve years of relative peace? From some of the shouts I heard today from the demonstrators, I believe that this is a political chicanery aim at diverting the government from its rapid and progressive development agenda. I also believe that this is a personal venture to seek immigration status and political relevance than a real call for genuine justice for our war victims in Liberia. Others within the demonstration don’t want to be send back home because of their temporary status when Trump could soon be sending them back to Liberia. That could be sad but Liberia peace and stability should not be a charade to advance your personal interest in the name of war crime court establishment. War Crime Court in Liberia is not a priority for our undeveloped country. Take this to your beds and sleep on it folks – cut the war crime court lies short and find meaningful and constructive way to engage your government in Liberia.

  3. Why some Liberians are so wicky and satisfied to see 95% of our citizens suffering. Our brothers and sisters in the US have seen the needs, it is not about not wanting to be sent back home. We really want genuine Justice in this country. War Crime Court is one of our top most prioprties just for the sake of justice to be emplemented.
    It is true that we need development, but because there is no justice right now those officials use our money in their interest forgeting about the masses.
    Liberia’s top officials fine too much pleasure in doing wickiness. They have burried justice.
    Why should those invoid continue to be covered and protected? We make no progress if they are not punish for their wrong doing.
    We will not rest, our people let us keep pressing forward, you people should keep protesting and demonstrating until President George Weah can make a rational decision in the interest of every Liberian.
    Let us not mind those wicky, evil and belly driving non-skulls that don’t want justice to be emplemented in this country.

  4. It sound funny to me when I heard people calling for war crime court now when they didn’t do it twelve years ago. We had the presence of the UN here in Liberia for twelves. We never made any significant effort to ensure that the court is establish. But now that our security is weak and our economy is in free fall you are calling for war crime court to be top priority. This gov’t got too many better things to be thinking about right now.

  5. if people sin they pay for their sins god is a forgiving god people need to understand that to do evil is not of god and so god want us to forgive others but the government should care on what moses said

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