#1  S05.E01 - Conversations with the Past - Peacebuilding in a time of Reckoning - the Liberia Chapter

In this compelling episode, we delve into the complexities of transitional justice and peacebuilding in Liberia, a nation marked by a tumultuous history of civil wars from 1989-1997 and 1999-2003, leaving profound scars on its society. Our guests, Aaron Weah and Ibrahim Al-Bakri Nyei, illuminate the path towards healing and reconciliation.

We embark on a journey through Liberia's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) process, examining the challenges of achieving justice and accountability while fostering national unity. From the imperative of criminal accountability to the nuanced dynamics between retributive and restorative justice, we unravel the layers of Liberia's reconciliation efforts.

Moreover, our discussion extends to the critical role of memorialisation and the involvement of regional bodies in supporting Liberia's reconciliation journey. We confront the pressing issue of disconnect between youth and historical memory, emphasising the urgency of preserving Liberia's past to safeguard its future.

Throughout the episode, key insights emerge, highlighting the imperative of balancing criminal accountability with a comprehensive range of transitional justice measures. We confront the inherent tensions between punitive and reconciliatory approaches, discerning the delicate equilibrium necessary for sustainable peace.

As we navigate the complexities of Liberia's transitional justice landscape, we outline actionable steps towards progress. From advocating for the domestication of the African Union transitional justice frameworks to monitoring TRC implementation, we explore tangible avenues for advancing reconciliation.

Ultimately, this episode serves as a beacon of hope, illuminating Liberia's path towards healing and renewal. Through collective action and steadfast commitment, Liberia stands poised to reclaim its leadership role in the region, offering a compelling testament to the resilience of the human spirit. Tune in as we unravel the transformative journey of reconciling Liberia.
Season 5 / Episode 1 13 Mar English South Africa Politics · Government

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