Presidential Apologies, Truth Commissions and Post War Reparations as Tools of Transitional Justice in Liberia

Presidential Apologies, Truth Commissions and Post War Reparations as Tools of Transitional Justice in Liberia

Author by Dr. Olajumoke Yacob-haliso

Journal/Publisher: Critical Perspectives On Peace, Conflict And Warfare In Africa

Volume/Edition: 1

Language: English

Pages: 353 - 370

Abstract

The specific application of the burgeoning international practice of reparations to the situation of returning refugees has witnessed limited application. Therefore this paper assesses the efforts made so far to address reparations to returnee refugees and the likely effects on their reintegration, specifically with reference to the Liberian case. This paper is based on fieldwork carried out in Liberia. It argues that beyond the physical and economic aspects of the reintegration of refugees, great attention must be given to the psychosocial and psychological position of those returnees, as these are usually the factors that determine whether returnees remain in the country or leave again. With the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s work  now done, the question must necessarily arise as to the potentials of the entire process to contribute to returnee reintegration since it is held generally in the literature that the return and successful reintegration of returnees is a significant milestone for the consolidation of a post war political order. In light of the fact that up to 75% of the Liberian population was displaced at one time or the other during the two- decades- long political crisis, then the recommendations from this research can be seen as critical to national healing, justice, reconciliation, reintegration, and in the final analysis, sustainable peace.


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