Liberians will have to wait for the truth
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in Liberia has indefinitely postponed the public hearings scheduled for January 31. The Commission, which was established under the 2003 Peace Agreement, is facing serious funding problems, while public expectation to see it begin holding hearings of victims and perpetrators is mounting.
Croatia reluctant to prosecute its politicians
Despite the evidence gathered during investigations, in addition to the evidence handed over by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), Croatia's political class is in no hurry to try two of its most notorious politicians charged with war crimes: Branimir Glavas, a member of Parliament and retired general, and Tomislav Mercep, former MP and presidential candidate in 2000, even though this is Croatia's main obstacle to European Union (EU) membership.
International justice - new investment opportunity?
Recent gifts by Microsoft to the UN-backed Khmer Rouge Tribunal in Cambodia and a project reintegrating former paramilitaries in Colombia may signal a new era of private sector philanthropy. The burgeoning field of international justice is certainly in need of additional sources of funding, but would corporate contributions come at a hidden cost?
Morocco - From collective pardon to collective amnesia?
One year ago on January 6, 2006, the 17 members of Morocco's Equity and Reconciliation Commission (IER) were closing up shop after submitting their final report to King Mohammed VI. The Moroccan truth commission had received a flood of compliments from the international community praising the recommendations in its report, especially those advocating legislative and constitutional reforms. One year later, however, the results have been rather mixed.