President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and her government are coming under pressure from the Liberian public to fully implement the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) released last December.
A fresh and surprise vigor is unfolding in Liberia with the public demanding the TRC final report be implemented. According to information coming out of Liberia, the call for the TRC final report implementation is widespread in the country so much so that it is reminiscent on school campuses, public gatherings, markets, homes, and down among typical ordinary citizens.
One ordinary Liberian who normally don’t know what politics is, told our reporter it is surprising to see the extend to which the call for the full implementation of the TRC report has exploded with such intensity and passion when everybody had thought it had gone away and the document was dead after the President declared her intention in January to run for second term though she is among thirty other Liberians who are banned for the 30 years by the TRC from holding public office for her role in the Liberian civil war.
TRC Report is a document compiled by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a body enacted into law to investigate the the wrong doings of the Liberian civil war and political instabilities from 1979 to 2003 and make recommendations for a way forward but ensure violators of human rights, crime against humanity, international humanitarian laws, children, and the Geneva Convention are recommended for accountability for their crimes.
In its recommendations contained in the final TRC report released last December, several recommendations were
made including among other things the banning of thirty (30) Liberians from holding public office for 30 years for their role in the civil war and political instabilities with President Sirleaf among those Liberians banned from holding public office for their role in Liberia civil war and political instabilities over 14 years.
The renew call for the full implementation of the TRC final report could have come to spotlight and exploded on the Liberian political horizon taking up unexpected steam from President Sirleaf last Thursday radio talk show. Liberians called in to the talk show and voiced out their frustrations and concerns over several contentious issues including the $16 billion Chevron oil deal which they believe is not in the interest of the country but mortgaging the country’s future. Other issues included prostitution in the country and the way the press reports on it and corruption in government. It brought into focus a FrontpageAfrice recent headline about prostitution in the country which they found offensive to Liberian womanhood and the image of the country.
It seems to be a coincidence with the latest outcry of public support and demand for the full implementation of the TRC recommendations as they radiate on the public radar, a former Commissioner of the TRC , Massa Washington will on this Friday appear on a Liberian diaspora community prestigious telepublic forum, “Liberia Speaks “where she will discuss the stalled final report of the TRC.
President Sirleaf is presently in the United States attending the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly and will return home to meet a different challenge to face and an energized and compassionate public demanding she and her goverment fully implement the TRC report in full. If this public lives with its insistence and demand, the President political future could hang in the balance, knowing she too is banned from holding public office for 30 years though she has aready announced her run for second term in 2011.