Liberia truth commission to call for creation of war crimes court Devin Montgomery at 4:40 PM ET
[JURIST] Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) [official website; JURIST news archive] member John Stewart said Saturday that the commission will recommend the creation of a special tribunal to hear cases against those suspected of war crimes during the the country's 1989-2003 civil war. The TRC, which was established [TRC mandate text] by the peace accord that ended the 14-year civil war, was created to document the war and investigate human rights violations, but has been criticized [JURIST report] for lacking the authority to hold violators accountable. Last week, the TRC began its final stage of taking public testimony [VOA report] from war crimes victims and suspects. The hearings will resume on Monday, with a special session [New Liberian report] dedicated to victims with special needs and other vulnerable groups. The TRC is scheduled to conclude its work by June 2009.
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