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Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Liberia
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Liberia (TRC) collected thousands of statements from the Liberian people about human rights violations between 1979 and 2003. Statement-takers were deployed in all 15 counties in October 2006. After examining the statements, the TRC held public hearings, focusing on specific events, groups, or kinds of violations. Based on the statements and the hearings, the TRC compiled a final report at the end of its work. The final report included a complete account of the TRC’s activities, its findings about who did what to whom during the conflict in Liberia, and its recommendations.

The TRC received 1,200 applications for the job of statement-taker, with applicants coming from all 15 Liberian counties.Each applicant completed an aptitude test, and the highest scoring applicants were selected for interviews. Those who made the interview cut were given a week of training and then a second aptitude test. The names of the final 200 statement-takers were published in newspapers across Liberia so that anyone who had participated in human rights abuses during the conflict could be identified by the public.

Statements from Liberians formed the basis for all of the TRC’s work and will directly influence the final report. Statements are often quoted as part of national narrative and provide a starting point for future investigation and research.

The TRC of Liberia concluded its work on June 30, 2009. It has presented its final report containing findings, determinations and recommendations made by the Commission to the National Legislature. 

 An Act Establishing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Liberia   Enacted by the National Transitional Legislative Assembly on May 12, 2005
 Statement by Cllr. Jerome J. Verdier, Sr., Chairman   On the occasion of the launching of the TRC at the Centenial Memorial Pavillion, Ashmun Street, Monrovia, Liberia