There is no Statute of Limitation on War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity
The thugs who destroyed Liberia days are at hand.
All those who continue to aid and abet the criminal government in Liberia shall face the wrath of Liberian war victims this year. We can no longer wait for miracles to happen.
The question of Justice for Liberian war victims rest on the shoulders of Liberian war victims. We are urging all international bodies interested in supporting the 2017 elections in Liberia to support justice before elections. We have tried the failed policy of appeasement several times with the same disastrous outcome of catastrophic failures.
The basic tenets of democracy are respect for human dignity, social justice, the rule of law and accountability. The support for any electoral process in Liberia in the absence of the creation of a special tribunal to prosecute alleged war and economic criminals amounts to the support for terrorism in our country.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and many of the thugs who currently run the affairs of Liberia deliberately aided, abated and prosecuted the merciless brutality against my generation more than 25 years ago. If we allow these heartless folks to escape justice, we would have assassinated democracy and human rights in Liberia, Africa’s oldest independent nation.
Justice for Liberian war victims is tantamount to justice for Rwandan war victims, justice for Liberian war victims is tantamount to justice for Sierra Leonean war victims, justice for Liberian war victims is tantamount to justice for the former Yugoslavia war victims, justice for Liberian war victims is also tantamount to the Nazi war victims. LIBERIAN WAR VICTIMS LIVES MATTER TOO. We have the same blood as other nationals who have had the opportunity to see the face of Justice!
You cannot legitimately fight terrorism in Africa while at the same time supporting people in government who have been indicted by a statutory body. The Liberian Truth &Reconciliation Commission was a statutory body enacted by law, based on the 2003 Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA) to provide an opportunity for victims and perpetrators to seek forgiveness and grant forgiveness respectively. The TRC Commission was also empowered by law to make recommendations that would end the culture of impunity and advance peace, security and development in Liberia. The CPA was signed on August 18, 2003 in Accra Ghana, formally ending the 14 years of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Charles Taylor’s reign of terror in Liberia.
Emphatically speaking, if Madam Sirleaf had not subjugated the supreme interest(s) of Liberia under her narrow-minded political ambitions, there would have been no convicted war criminal Charles Taylor‘s National Patriotic Front of Liberia ( NPFL) rebels. Because Madam Sirleaf felt that she could use her Harvard, UN, World Bank and other international contacts to devastate our beloved country with impunity, other dangerous rebel factions emerged. The destruction of Liberia was a satanic work of Madam Ellen Johnson and cohorts who have now transformed the Liberian government into the Sirleaf family business enterprise.
The most effective way to fight terrorism is to support true democratic causes and not supporting Islamic Jihadist in Syria. Secretary of State Hon. Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party front runner is a great admirer and friend of Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, we urge the Honorable Secretary of State to pressure her friend to seek the path of justice for Liberian war victims by working with legitimate Liberian war victim’s groups and international bodies in establishing a special criminal tribunal on Liberia.
The tribunal would provide an opportunity for all those accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity including economic crimes to clear their names. We recognize the intimate friendship Madam Sirleaf shares with the below listed world leaders and extremely powerful personalities:
Former Prime Minister of Britain
Chancellor of Germany
Former President of Ireland;
President, Mary Robinson Foundation–Climate Justice;
UN Special Envoy for Climate Change
Former Assistant Secretary General
United Nations Development Program
Vice President Emeritus
Founding Director, UNIFEM
Chief of Staff, Office of the Special Representative
of the UN Secretary-General on Sexual Violence
Chairman of Soros Fund Management.
Our estimation is that Madam Sirleaf has been hiding under the canopy of the above listed world leaders and powerful personalities with massive financial and social influence to subvert justice and democracy in Liberia. We urge these distinguished leaders to do the right thing by standing with Liberian war victims. At the end of the day, the history of Liberia will not be kind to anyone who preaches virtue and practice vices in the case of accountability for Liberia war victims.
As the result of what I described as “double standard policy,” the knowledge of thousands of Liberian war victims are being wasted in foreign lands across the globe, while our productive years passes by like a wind. We are cognizant of the indispensable role Sirleaf ‘s international connections have on the world stage and because of their support, Madam Sirleaf has been embolden to negate the question of justice for Liberian war victims with impunity.
Therefore, we are requesting the above listed distinguished personalities and world leaders to abandon the pro Sirleaf policy which has led to the death of thousands of Liberians under the watchful eyes of the Sirleaf regime. The Sirleaf regime policy of outrageous high salaries for some public officials and extremely low salaries for essential civil servants including teachers, police officers, nurses, doctors, etc., has largely contributed to the unnecessary death of thousands of innocent Liberians since the inception of the Sirleaf government in early 2006. This notorious policy have also eroded public trust in the judiciary system and created the atmosphere of “jungle justice” in which, Liberians take laws in their own hands, on the streets.
Additionally, Madam Sirleaf’s appointment of immediate family members and relatives to positions of public trust (financial and security influence ) demonstrates gross disrespect to the Liberian intelligentsia. Moreover, Madam Sirleaf’s government intransigence and grotesque lack of empathy for Liberian war victims have become unbearable to the Liberian war victim’s community. Example, since the end of the 14 years’ barbaric war, the Sirleaf regime has refused to erect a single memorial to memorize the war. The regime in concert with false men and women of gods have embarked on a sinister campaign of demonizing anyone who advocates justice. They label you as “trouble markers.”
The cardinal problem facing Liberia is not corruption, but the inherent culture of impunity masked in the culture of political patronage.
We can no longer continue to wait for Sirleaf and her generation to voluntarily give up power before we can see the face of Justice. It would be naïve not to believe that the preceding government after Sirleaf would be the crone of the former. We demand justice before any elections.
This is not a rocket science, the money for elections can immediately be invested in creating the proposed internationally backed tribunal on Liberia. The voter’s education money can be redirected to funding the civic education component of the process.
We are tired with the shenanigans. The question of establishing criminal tribunal on Liberia is not money, but the political will on both the part of the Sirleaf government and that of key international actors with vested interests in Liberia. It benefits some to see our country in the current state of cronyism, kleptocracy and total neglect.
As a student of John Perkins’… Confession of an economic hitman, we know that such an irresponsible regime will never prosecute the unaccountable business relationships between the Taylor NPFL government and Firestone, Cocola, BF Goodrich and other major US and Chinese based corporations and businesses men and women business interest(s).
With Sirleaf in power, Chevron Corporation and other major US, Chinese and other international corporations can get favorable concessional agreements signed at the expense of the Liberian masses.
We cannot wait! Liberian war victims demand justice now! 2016 is the year of justice for Liberian war victims! Happy New Year.
About the Author: Jacob D. Massaquoi, II is a torture survivor, war victim and prolific human rights activist, social entrepreneur and geopolitical analyst. He is an author, a software engineer, business analyst, organizational development and human resource management practitioner. He is the founder of a startup technology company engaged in electronic surveillance, business analyst training, live events streaming, small business consultancy, digital and hard copy publication, etc. Jacob can be reached by email at Jacob.email@example.com. Mobile @ 646-801-0740