Friday, July 31, 2009

Liberian TRC Exprience Holds Lessons for Kenya

In what will go down as one of its most drastic recommendations, the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission has recommended that a 50 individuals - leading public figures in that country-, including the serving President Sirleaf should be barred from public office for 30 years for their alleged roles in, or links to human rights violations under the then War Lord and later, President Charles Taylor.

In an Op-ed piece, Professor Makau Mutua (Dean and SUNY Distinguished Professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School and Chair of the Kenya Human Rights Commission), who chaired the Task force on the Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission in Kenya in 2002, comments on the findings and recommendations of the Liberian TRC and argues that the Liberian TRC carries important lessons for Kenya.

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