U.S. Congressman Chris Smith Says President Boakai Remains ‘Mute’ On Establishment Of War Crimes Court, Writes…

U.S. Congressman Chris Smith, Chair of the House Subcommittee on Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, today issued the following statement regarding the need to establish a War Crimes & Economic Crimes Court in Liberia to help redress the wounds of the country’s civil wars:

“In recent decades, Liberia’s people have suffered untold human rights violations and economic crimes while perpetrators acted with near-complete impunity during the country’s multiple civil wars.  Since that time, minimal efforts have been made in Liberia to address these crimes, notwithstanding a recommendation in 2009 by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to establish a court to ensure justice.

As a presidential candidate, Joseph Boakai stated repeatedly that a War Crimes and Economic Crimes Court needed to be established for the Liberian people to end impunity and for the nation to heal.

In his inaugural address, President Boakai then committed to pursue ‘the establishment of War & Economic Crimes Court to provide an opportunity for those who bear the greatest responsibility for war crimes and crimes against humanity to account for their actions in court.’

Since President Boakai assumed office, the local and international communities—including the U.S.—have eagerly awaited the establishment of the Court.  This promise was made to the Liberian people who want real change—they desire democracy, human rights, and justice.

The U.S. Congress is also closely monitoring the establishment of this Court as a way to advance good governance and healing for the people of Liberia. We have long supported Liberia with foreign aid, providing over $162 million in 2023 and more than $4 billion over the last 20 years.

There must be justice and accountability for the people of Liberia. Establishing the promised War Crimes & Economic Crimes Court is a necessary, critical step for assuring lasting peace and the people’s confidence in the rule of law and the fair administration of justice in their country

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  1. Anonymous says

    There have been crimes committed by the US presidents and citizens in countries like Sudan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Japan, Korea, DRC, Vietnam, Libya, etc. including Liberia (no one escapes from prison in the US to come and wage war on another country, especially without being backed by a US foreign actorss like the CIA). Our war was, I believe, primarily orchestrated if not nudged by the CIA. Since he has all that power within the US, it is time he starts to focus on making the US pay for all it’s atrocities upon this earth that God has created for us all. They have caused more harm to most international community than good to keep them at bay. If he can honestly discuss issue pertaining it, it’ll be a good start for a restorative justice bargain for all the unprovoked killings globally they’ve committed.

  2. Alexzina M Wilson says

    More to come

  3. Augustus says

    Yes Liberia needs Economic and Crime Court.

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  5. Stephen Gologoes Peters says

    For too long our political leaders have used the issues of war and economic crimes court to collect votes. President Weah campaigned on the same promise and got elected and neglected it. President Boikai did same and got elected and is about to dish the hope of some of us who lost our parents in the war. We pray the International Community pressure this government to do the needful.

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