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Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission Diaspora Project
The West African nation of Liberia is recovering from years of conflict characterized by egregious violations of human rights, including arbitrary killing, torture, use of child combatants, sexual violence, separation of families, and looting and destruction of property. From 1979 until 2003 the Liberian people survived a bloody coup d’etat, years of military rule, and two horrific civil wars during which terrorizing the civilian population was the most widely used war tactic.  Out of a pre-war population of three million, an estimated 250,000 people were killed, with as many as 1.5 million displaced.  This mass exodus created the Liberian diaspora.

A critical piece of minimizing the chance that Liberia will again fall into chaos was the establishment of a truth and reconciliation commission.  The Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was agreed upon in the August 2003 Accra Peace Accords and was established by legislative act in 2005. 

At the request of the Liberian Truth & Reconciliation Commission (TRC), The Advocates for Human Rights has coordinated the work of the TRC in the diaspora. Since January 2007, The Advocates has documented statements from Liberians across the United States, the United Kingdom, and in the Buduburam Refugee Settlement in Ghana, West Africa. Moreover, the TRC held public hearings in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA in June 2008 to document public testimony from Liberians in the U.S. diaspora.

Program Updates

Liberians Share their Statement Giving Experience
Click here to watch video about the TRC Diaspora process.

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Liberia

Healing through Faith: March 7-8, 2008
Click here for webcasts and information from The Advocates' conference for faith leaders of the Liberian Diaspora.