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Monday, October 03, 2011

Liberia truth commission began gathering witness statements
Clay Flaherty at 12:00 AM ET

On October 3, 2006, Liberia's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) began documenting personal statements concerning abuses committed during the country's 14-year civil war. TRC dispatched 192 researchers to all 15 Liberian counties in the hopes of compiling a database indexing the victims, perpetrators, and kinds of atrocities. Following this research, the Commission issued a controversial report which detailed war crimes including the recruitment of child soldiers, the rape of women, and the death of more than 250,000 citizens. TRC also called for a 30-year public sanction against President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and recommended the creation of a special war crimes tribunal to oversee the prosecution of the charges.

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