12 November 2012

Liberia: Govt Must Apologize - CSO Council on Abuse of Citizenry During Civil Crisis

The National Civil Society Council of Liberia (NCSCL) is calling on the Liberian government to publically apologize to all of its citizens on behalf of past governments for failing to protect them during the Country 14 year’s civil war.

The civil war left over 250,000 citizens dead, damaged colossal amounts of property and exacerbated hate and division among the people of the country.

Speaking during a mass meeting last Friday, NCSCL Chair Madam Frances R. Greaves said a public apology by the current government will authenticate its much publicized national peace and reconciliation drive.

According to Madam Greaves, when initiated by the government, the initiative will help ensure and or pave the way for a more comprehensive roadmap relative to the attainment of genuine reconciliation and lasting peace.

The call by the NCSCL for government’s public apology was contained a communiqué signed by 75 civil society organizations (CSOs) at the end of a two day national membership network and organization consultation held in Duazon, Lower Margibi County from October 23-24, 2012.

The consultation brought together more than 75 CSOs leaders and international partners to brainstorm and proffer necessary advice and recommendations to the government on the draft National Reconciliation Roadmap (NRR) and policy brief on land rights expected to be launched in this November.

The two-day CSOs consultation also sought to solicit inputs from members across Liberia regarding national peace and reconciliation.

The NCSCL meeting also discussed the need to remind government of its available expertise and willingness to meaningfully contribute to the ongoing nation building process.

Meanwhile, the West Africa Peacebuilding Network (WAPNET) in collaboration with the Transitional Justice Working Group (TJWG) will this Wednesday dedicate Liberia’s first post True and reconciliation Commission (TRC) memorial project.

The project which is expected to be dedicated by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

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