Schaack additionally commends the paintings of the Liberian human rights group, the Global Justice and Research Project (GJRP), which has labored with its Swiss spouse, Civitas Maxima (CM) to record the alleged crimes of Liberian warlords.

Their paintings has noticed the direct or oblique prosecutions and convictions of many people for his or her roles all the way through the wars. Some of them come with Kunti Kamara, a former battlefront commander of the United Liberation Movement for Democracy, (Ulimo), who was once sentenced by means of a French legal courtroom closing month to lifetime in jail for complicity in crimes in opposition to humanity, torture and irritated acts of barbarism and Alieu Kosiah, some other former Ulimo commander who was once sentenced in June 2021 by means of the Swiss Federal Criminal Court to two decades in prison for conflict crimes. The courtroom’s attraction chamber is on the other hand listening to Kosiah’s case starting subsequent month, January.

In 2018, Mohammed Jabateh, repeatedly referred to as “Jungle Jabbah” some other former Ulimo commander was once sentenced to 30 years in prison for perjury and immigration fraud by means of a US district courtroom in Philadelphia. Tom Woewiyu, quantity two to Charles Taylor, a former Liberian President, in Taylor’s National Patriotic Front of Liberia construction was once additionally convicted of perjury and immigration fraud by means of a district courtroom in Philadelphia. But he died of Covid in 2020, as he awaited his sentence.

Schaack recognizes the organizations’ paintings.

“These cases would not be possible without the amazing work of the Global Justice and Research Project (GJRP) and other Liberian and international civil society actors who have rigorously, reliably, and with unwavering integrity worked to keep the dream of justice alive,” says Schaack. “Liberians can be proud of the work of their compatriots in the GJRP who are working hard to support war crimes accountability.”

Liberians have additionally in large part praised the 2 organizations for pushing for duty for previous crimes.

But the GJRP and CM have are available for rebukes, basically from alleged perpetrators, together with Agnes Reeves Taylor, Taylor’s ex-spouse, Kamara and Kosiah who’ve wondered their credibility and accused them of training and bribing witnesses. Some witnesses all the way through the trial of Gebril Massaquoi, a Sierra Leonean riot chief, prosecuted in Finland for his alleged atrocities in Liberia’s 2nd civil conflict, additionally made the similar fees in opposition to the human rights organizations. But they’ve many times denied such allegations.

Schaack raises worry about threats in opposition to Bility and his body of workers. She does no longer on the other hand title those that are making such alleged threats however desires the subject to assert the eye of all Liberians.

“They should also be concerned, as am I, that the GJRP’s work has resulted in threats and intimidation against their staff members.”

Bility has the same opinion with Schaack that it is time to finish impunity for previous crimes and commends her for singling them out.

“I am motivated by the fact that the US is standing with us firmly,” says Bility in a WhatsApp message to us. “I believe we are doing a good job and I’m happy for the recognition coming the the US.”

But identical to Ambassador Schaack, Bility makes no identity of who has allegedly threatened him, or his staff.

“Without naming names, because this is legal matter, the threats come from those who oppose justice and accountability in Liberia,” he says. “Those who murdered innocent Liberians and want to go with impunity. They are those who have been prosecuted and their allies, as well as those who think they could get prosecuted.They come from all disnaded factions. But some are more intense than others. Honestly, I have no clues.”