Official Language: English
Population: 4.3 million
The Liberia program is currently supporting post-Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) transitional justice initiatives implemented by the Transitional Justice Working Group (TJWG) – a coalition of civil society groups. Among others, the project is implementing memorialization initiatives in Kpolokpala and Samay communities in Bong County. This initiative could serve as a catalyst for broader memorialization projects in other parts of the country. This will help communities to collectively remember massacre victims during the Liberian civil crisis.
OSIWA is supporting the training of 60 lawyers for a period of three years by paying tuition costs at the Louis Arthur Grimes School of law, University of Liberia. As agreed at the start, the bonded students, upon graduation would work within the Judiciary or Ministry of Justice for three years. These persons will help reduce the capacity vacuum that the legal and judicial sector is grappling with in post-conflict Liberia. 14 of these students have graduated and have been absorbed by the Ministry of Justice.
The Liberia program’s efforts to help curb the spate of violence against women in Liberia led the prosecution of two persons by lawyers hired by the Justice and Peace Commission and Aiding Disadvantaged Women and Girls (ADWANGA). Both persons were sentenced to ten years imprisonment for various offences while three cases remain in the docket for this court term.
OSIWA continues to engage the Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR) to ensure that the institution fulfils its mandate and scrupulously monitors the implementation of the TRC recommendations. These interventions are expected to help foster national reconciliation and promote civil society collaboration in peace building efforts.
OSIWA will support initiatives to:
Promote strong governance institutions, processes and structures;
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