Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Liberia Needs a War Crimes Court!

Hi Everyone,

Stand for justice in Liberia! Let those who caused the deaths of over 250,000 innocent people not be allowed to walk freely.
So I created a petition to Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of Liberia, International Criminal Court, Her Excellency Madam Marjon V. Kamara, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Liberia to the United Nations, Union of Liberian Association in the Americas, The Oregon State House, The Oregon State Senate, Governor John Kitzhaber, The United States House of Representatives, The United States Senate, and President Barack Obama, which says:
Dear Friend, 

Since cessation of hostilities in 2003 Liberians have not taken definitive measures to prevent a repeat of another civil madness. The absence of war in Liberia currently, which is only due primarily to the presence of UN Troops on the ground, does not equate to peace. To believe otherwise is a complete illusion. 

Unlike Sierra Leone, Rwanda and other countries where in the post-conflict period maximum attention has been given to tackling the root causes of the violence in order to ensure deterrence; Liberia, on the other hand, has done just the opposite. Those who orchestrated the mayhem are now ruling the country and dictating the pace of reconciliation. This is no way to restore peace following a brutal war where more than 250,000 civilians were murdered and almost the entire population uprooted. 

Also, while these very mayhem orchestrators are a tiny minority having more than enough to live comfortably, the vast majority of the population has nothing to live for; it is impossible for there to be sustainable peace. 

The vast majority of Liberians live on less than one dollar a day; undoubtedly, there is a need for change in the way Liberia is governed. As we can all see today, Liberia's just ended elections has produced a grieve cause for concern. Liberia is about to turn yet again into a one-party state, knowing full well this produces dictatorship, dictatorship causes rebellion; rebellion leads to war; and war means bloodshed!!! 

Evil has overtaken Liberia and is again prepared to destroy everything in sight. Liberians need a form of relief from the people who have terrorized their country for the past 25 years and dehumanized the population.

 Crimes sponsored, committed, or masterminded by handful of individuals cannot be blamed upon an entire nationality... In this case, Liberians!! The need for post-war justice is a step toward lasting peace, stability and prosperity for Liberia. Liberia needs a war crimes tribunal or some credible legal forum that is capable of dealing with atrocities perpetrated against defenseless men, women and children during the country's brutal war. We want you to think about what is about to happen in that part of the world. Stand for justice in Liberia! 

Let those who caused the deaths of over 250,000 innocent people not be allowed to walk freely. Without justice, peace shall remain elusive and investment in Liberia will not produce the intended results. 

Speak out because this is the right thing to do!!! 

 Bernard Gbayee Goah, President, Operation We Care for Liberia


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