Human Rights Watch calls on Liberia’s new President George Weah to take prompt steps to prosecute past crimes committed during Liberia’s brutal civil wars.
It says during nearly two decades of armed conflict, horrific abuses were committed against civilians in Liberia.
These included summary executions and numerous large-scale massacres; widespread and systematic rape; mutilation and torture.
The only efforts to bring justice for the victims have been made before courts outside Liberia, in the United States, Belgium, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
And, Human Rights Watch is urging President Weah to take several specific steps to begin pursuing accountability for past atrocities.
Elise Keppler is the associate international justice director at Human Rights Watch.