The Search for Truth and Justice Must Not Undermine Liberia’s Fragile Peace

first_imgBy Caroline Bowah BrownI remain an advocate for justice and truly want accountability for the heinous crimes committed in Liberia. Yes, I do but I am also of the opinion that doing so must be thought through carefully. The search for truth and justice must be carried out without jeopardizing the fragile peace we enjoy in this moment. It must be done while ensuring our safety.The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Liberia was established to promote national peace, unity, security and reconciliation and hold perpetrators accountable for the atrocities committed.  About eleven years ago, the Commission completed its work and handed over its report to former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for implementation. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf made no overtures towards implementing the recommendations of the TRC. The UN and other international organizations took no action against Madam Sirleaf for her failure to do so. In fact, she was awarded several accolades from the same international community; one of them being the Nobel Peace award and later the Mo Ibrahim Award after she stepped down from political office.  What double standards. The international community was extremely tolerant towards her government and no pressure was mounted on her to implement the recommendations of the TRC. As part of its support to the peace process, the UNMIL was under obligation to ensure the Liberian Government implement the recommendations of the TRC report. According to the 1st United Nations Security Council 1509 (2003) that established the mission, it was mandated to “support all parties to cease all human rights violations and atrocities against the Liberian population, and stresses the need to bring to justice those responsible.” After 15 years, the UNMIL closed down its Liberian operation without achieving one of its key mandates, which was to support the Government to bring to justice those responsible for committing atrocities in Liberia.  Shortly after the election of the new Government of President Weah, there have been increasing calls for judicial accountability for war crimes from various sources including social media and other spaces.  Similarly, on July 5, 2018, Human Rights Watch put out a statement supported by Seventy six Liberian, African, and international non-governmental organizations demanding the Liberian government “undertake fair and credible prosecutions of international crimes committed during its two civil wars”.  The statement was submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Committee.   On September 8, 2018, the US Congress introduced a resolution for the full implementation of the TRC recommendations. Interestingly this is the first concrete action taken by the US government since the completion of the TRC’s work. No such action was ever taken during the tenure of Madam Sirleaf’s government.  This makes one wonder why after more than eleven years they choose this moment to begin to pursue the implementation of the TRC recommendations. What does the US Congress aim to achieve, what is the real motive for this action? In the first place the new government is still in its infancy and only now starting to organize itself and implement the mandate given to it by the Liberian people.  For me, it is too early and not timely for the US Congress to burden the Liberian government with such demands. We vividly remember how the US Embassy shut its gates and watched from the Atlantic shore while millions of Liberians were being killed, raped, tortured etc. If Liberia is forced to implement these recommendations, is the international community and the US in particular, ready to create the conditions to guarantee our safety and stability?  What commitments are they making if Liberia once again finds herself in a state of instability while implementing the TRC recommendations? Bearing in mind that some of the alleged perpetrators hold a great deal of power and have amassed personal wealth, it is important to consider how this power and influence might be used to resist the TRC implementation. The risk of such a process destabilizing the country is high and this is the reason why such a process should have been conducted while the UNMIL force was still stationed in Liberia. The UNMIL mission could have supported the judicial accountability process before their mission ended.   In closing, it is important for the Government of Liberia to be very clear about how the leadership wants to proceed with the non-judicial and judicial process for transitional justice in Liberia. They must be in the driver’s seat and show the Liberian people that they mean to act on this in a measured and responsible way. Many are hurt, many need reparations and many need to be reconciled.  As I write this I am reflecting on a day in 2003 when we had nowhere to run and I had to carry my one year old baby and choose which of our few belongings to carry. Today he is 16 years old and will soon be completing high school. I imagine a bright future for him. This future can only be guaranteed by a peaceful country.  This is the aspiration of many Liberians. We do need closure to this chapter. Of course we need justice but it must NOT be detrimental to the fragile peace. We look forward to the Government position on this and it must not be driven by an international agenda. Never again!The Author:Ms. Caroline Bowah Brown is an Economist, Gender Specialist and a leader in civil society movement in Liberia and currently serves as the Country Director for medica Liberia, and a lecturer at the Department of the Economics, University of Liberia.  In 2008, Ms. Brown was appointed by Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to serve as member of the Veterans Bureau. Most of her work is in the areas of gender, peacebuilding, security sector reform and transitional justice. She has a Masters Degree in Economic Policy Management from Makerere University in Uganda. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Round-up: QPR assess Lynch injury, Ngbakoto not fully fit, loan move for Chelsea defender

first_imgJimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has told West London Sport that recent QPR signing Yeni Ngbakoto will need time to improve his fitness following the French winger’s move to the club.“Yeni is not fit yet. We need to work him. We need to give him time,” manager Hasselbaink said.Ngbakoto scored on his debut in the EFL Cup tie against Swindon at Loftus Road, where summer signing Joel Lynch went off with an abdominal injury.Rangers are assessing the problem and are not yet sure how long Lynch might be unavailable for.Hasselbaink was unhappy with the performance against Swindon. Click here to see how we rated each Rangers player.Meanwhile, West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has backed Antonio Conte to succeed at Chelsea. The two sides meet at Stamford Bridge on Monday.Comte will begin his reign with a derby on Monday eveningThe Blues have loaned centre-back Alex Davey, 21, to League Two club Crawley Town until January.Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli has recovered from a hamstring problem and is set to return to the squad for Saturday’s game against Preston.Brentford are at home to Ipswich, who will be without injured striker Brett Pitman for the game at Griffin Park.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

MasterCard Launches Woot-Like iPhone App for Daily Deals

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces And if you’re worried that you still might find a better deal by shopping around online, the app has you covered here, too. Instead of purchasing the item immediately from your mobile, you simply “reserve” the item. Of course, to do so, you have to link a MasterCard credit, debit or prepaid card to your account first. You then have up to three days to redeem your reservation. One important item to note, and a big difference between Woot and this app, is that the discounts you receive are not immediate. Instead, they’re provided to you as rebates posted to your MasterCard account. You will actually have to buy the item at full price then wait, usually around two weeks, before the credit is posted. At most, according to the FAQ, this process may take up to 21 days. MasterCard and M-CommerceMasterCard seems intent on tapping into the growing m-commerce trend, potentially a $2.2 billion dollar industry by the end of this year according to ABI Research. The Marketplace app is just one of many the company has launched for the device in recent months. It also has MoneySend, a person-to-person mobile payments application, Easy Savings Program, an app that locates nearby discounts from participating merchants, Priceless Picks, an app that lets shoppers share great deals with each other anywhere around the world and an ATM finder application. Unfortunately for Android users, the only app MasterCard has ported to that platform is its one-off app, “Flavours of Shanghai 2010,” designed specifically for EXPO 2010. Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement sarah perez Tags:#mobile#NYT#Product Reviews#Trends#web MasterCard recently launched a new mobile application called “MasterCard Marketplace Overwhelming Offers,” which delivers daily deals to iPhone users. Despite its mouthful of a name, savvy shoppers planning on purchasing a big-ticket item in the near future may want to keep an eye on this one. Like the popular Internet retailer Woot (just bought by Amazon), the app provides deeply discounted items, available in limited quantities for a limited time. At 12 p.m. Eastern (GMT – 4:00) every day, a new deal is posted to the mobile app, offering “door-buster” type savings of 50% or more on brand-name products from a network of over 28,000 merchants. The offers are made available thanks to MasterCard’s partnership with e-commerce company Next Jump, which already powers the desktop version of the MasterCard Marketplace website, launched in April. Some of the past “OO’s” (overwhelming offers), as they’re called, have included deals like $100 off flights booked via Priceline.com, $50 off anything at TigerDirect.com, $25 off Target merchandise, $100 off Wal-Mart merchandise, $75 off the Barnes & Noble eBook Reader, $50 off digital cameras at Staples, $100 off a Nintendo Wii from Kmart and much more. How to Play… err… ShopThere’s a game-like element to scoring these deals, too. They launch at a given time and sell out fast – sometimes even in seconds, so you have to be quick to win the chance to purchase these items. To get a heads up about what deal is launching when, shoppers can sign up for email alerts that are sent out several hours prior to the OO start time and detail pricing, quantities available and other descriptive info about the product. last_img read more

Specifics behind local initiative Yes For a Better San Diego

first_imgSpecifics behind local initiative ‘Yes! For a Better San Diego’ KUSI Newsroom, Posted: January 18, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: ‘Yes! For a Better San Diego’, Jan Goldsmith FacebookTwitter January 18, 2018 The “Yes! For a Better San Diego” initiative seeks to expand the downtown Convention Center and create a funding source for homeless services and infrastructure needs by raising the tourism and occupancy tax.KUSI was joined by former City Attorney Jan Goldsmith with more on the specific language used in the initiative and whether it has a chance to pass. KUSI Newsroom last_img

BSE IPO Details you need to know about listing of Indias first

first_imgThe Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Friday filed documents with capital markets regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) for its upcoming initial public offering (IPO). Shareholders of the BSE will be partially selling their stake via the offer for sale (OFS) route for a sum in the range of Rs. 1,200 to Rs. 1,300 crore.The 141-year-old stock exchange — which is also Asia’s oldest and has about 9,000 shareholders — received the Sebi’s in-principle approval in March this year and shareholders’ nod at its annual general meeting held in June this year.The decision to file the IPO papers was taken by the BSE at its board meeting held on Wednesday, PTI reported.The pre-conditions of the OFS were conveyed to the shareholders two months ago.”You could participate in the IPO by selling your Equity Shares as part of the Offer for Sale and you can avoid the lock-in of your Equity Shares for one year from the date of allotment/transfer of Equity Shares in the IPO,” the BSE said in a communication on July 5 to its shareholders. “Furthermore, subject to applicable law, the total size of the IPO shall be up to 30%, of the post-IPO issued equity share capital of the Exchange,” it added.The National Stock Exchange (NSE) is also planning to list its shares on the exchanges. Highlights of BSE (extracted from its annual report for 2015-16):5,911 — number of companies listed on the exchange (equity and debt) as on March 31, 201611th — in the world in terms of number of trades12th — in the world in terms of market capitalisation13 subsidiary companies (direct and indirect), two joint ventures and one associate company In December 2015, the exchange signed an agreement with the India Bullion and Jewellers Association (IBJA) for setting up a spot bullion exchange, the first of its kind in India.9,007 — total number of shareholders of the exchange7,991 — number of shareholders who are individualsTop 10 shareholders include Deutsche Boerse AG, Singapore Exchange Limited, Caldwell India Holdings Inc., Atticus Mauritius Limited and Acacia Banyan Partners Limited, LIC, SBI and Bajaj Holdings.last_img read more

Bodies of two Bangladeshis killed in NZ mosque shooting reach Dhaka

first_imgAirport workers prepare the body of a New Zealand mosque attack victim to be handed over to relatives at Hazrat Shah Jalal International Airport in Dhaka on 26 March 2019. Photo: AFPThe bodies of two Bangladeshis killed in the Christchurch mosques shooting earlier this month have been returned home to their grieving families, relatives said late Tuesday.The bodies of Zakaria Bhuiyan, a welder, and Omar Faruk, a builder, arrived at Dhaka airport on a Singapore Airlines flight from New Zealand.Bhuiyan and Faruk were praying at the Al Noor Mosque when an Australian white supremacist opened fire on worshippers, killing 43.Another seven were murdered at a separate mosque when the shooter turned his weapon on Muslims there, in the worst violence of its kind ever seen in New Zealand.Five Bangladeshis were killed in the massacre and many others were injured.The grieving relatives, who came from outside the capital to receive the bodies, rented mortuary vans to take the bodies home.Bhuiyan’s uncle Qari Ullah said the family would arrange funeral prayers for his nephew at his village in central Narsingdi district.”His family is quite poor. He died when they were only starting to dream of financial solvency. Only Allah knows what will happen now,” Ullah told AFP in tears.Faruk’s body was also taken by his relatives to his home in Narayanganj district where he will be laid to rest.An AFP photographer at the scene saw the relatives tearfully receiving the coffins from the airline and leaving for their homes.The body of Mozammel Haque, another Bangladeshi killed in the heinous attack, is expected to arrive in Bangladesh on Wednesday, a Bangladeshi official told reporters.last_img read more