Monday, July 12, 2010

Darfur warrant for Sudan's Bashir: ICC adds genocide........ how about genocide commited in Liberia???

Over 250,000 Liberians plus 5 Americans, some Nigerians, Ghanaians, as well as civilians from other countries, were killed in Liberia over 15 years ago.

While innocent women and children were been killed in Liberia, President Bush of the USA insisted that the Liberian President Charles Taylor must leave the country before US personnel arrived. President George W. Bush used only words to arrest the situation in Liberia.

President Taylor stepped down from the presidency and left the country as President Bush demanded.
Charles Taylor appeared before a UN court in Sierra Leone and was charged with crimes against humanity in Sierra Leone not Liberia.

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and others were accused by the Liberian people as well as opposition party Leaders in Liberia for supporting the killings of over 250,000 people in Liberia. The Liberian President admitted before the TRC of Liberia that whiles it is true that she supported Charles Taylor NPFL rebels that were killing innocent people; she was fooled by Charles Taylor. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is the Current President of Liberia. She has no interest in bringing herself to book for the role she played in Liberia. The International community is playing death ears on the Liberia situation.

The current US President could mirror exactly what George W. Bush did to arrest the situation in Liberia by only saying few words like "Liberia needs a form of world crime court". Only mere words are required to help the defenseless Liberian population. While Liberians cry up to the international community specially the US, Evil doers and agents of death continue to hold key positions in the Liberian government. These agents of death continue to hold the entire country hostage while the world watches reluctantly.

The International Criminal Court has issued a second arrest warrant for Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir - this time for charges of genocide while Charles Taylor, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and others have not been charged for crimes they committed in Liberia. 

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Darfur warrant for Sudan's Bashir: ICC adds genocide

Source: BBC Africa

Monday, 12 July 2010

Omar al-Bashir denies arming pro-government militias in Darfur

The International Criminal Court has issued a second arrest warrant for Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir - this time for charges of genocide.

He already faces charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity, which he denies.

The ICC first indicted him in March 2009, but he has not been arrested.

A member of Mr Bashir's political party labelled the new warrant "ridiculous", but rebels in Sudan's western Darfur region hailed it as "a victory".

President Bashir is accused over the conflict in Darfur, where some 300,000 people are said to have died in seven years of fighting.

'No concern'

The ICC had initially declined to add genocide to the indictment but this has been overturned on appeal, with the judges finding "there are reasonable grounds to believe him responsible for three counts of genocide".

Pro-government Arab militias are accused of ethnic cleansing against civilians from the Fur, Masalit and Zaghawa communities after rebels took up arms in Darfur in 2003.

Mr Bashir has denied that his government armed the militias, known as the Janjaweed.

Some 2.5 million people have been driven from their homes.

Sudan's leader has been unable to visit several countries for fear of being arrested since the first warrant was issued.

Many African and Arab countries have lobbied for the UN Security Council to postpone the prosecution, but this request has been rejected by countries such as the US and the UK.

Mr Bashir is accused of "genocide by killing, genocide by causing serious bodily or mental harm and genocide by deliberately inflicting on each target group conditions of life calculated to bring about the group's physical destruction", said a statement from the ICC.

"This second arrest warrant does not replace or revoke in any respect the first warrant of arrest," The Hague-based court said.

A senior member of the ruling National Congress Party, Rabie Abdelatie, called the move "ridiculous" and said the ICC was targeting not just Mr Bashir but the Sudanese people.

Sudanese Information Minister Kamal Obeid said in a statement: "The adding of the genocide accusation confirms that the ICC is a political court. The ICC decision is of no concern to us."

But Ahmad Hussein, a spokesman for Darfuri rebel group the Justice and Equality Movement, told AFP news agency the development was "a victory for the people of Darfur and the entire humanity".

Despite the charges against him, Mr Bashir was overwhelmingly re-elected as president in landmark elections in April.

The opposition, however, accused him and his supporters of rigging the poll and some major groups boycotted the elections.

Mr Bashir has always said the problems in Darfur were being exaggerated for political reasons.

According to the joint UN-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur, Unamid, 221 people were killed in Darfur in June.

This is a sharp fall since May, when some 600 people were killed - the deadliest month since January 2008, when the UN took joint control of the peace force.

Fighting intensified in May after the Justice and Equality Movement pulled out of peace talks.

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Drawing the line in Liberia

Crimes sponsored, committed, or masterminded by handful of individuals cannot be blamed upon an entire nationality. In this case, Liberians! The need for post-war justice is a step toward lasting peace, stability and prosperity for Liberia. Liberia needs a war crimes tribunal or some credible legal forum that is capable of dealing with atrocities perpetrated against defenseless men, women and children during the country's brutal war. Without justice, peace shall remain elusive and investment in Liberia will not produce the intended results. - Bernard Gbayee Goah

Men with unhealthy characters should not champion any noble cause

They pretend to advocate the cause of the people when their deeds in the dark mirror nothing else but EVIL!!
When evil and corrupt men try to champion a cause that is so noble … such cause, how noble it may be, becomes meaningless in the eyes of the people - Bernard Gbayee Goah.

If Liberia must move forward ...

If Liberia must move forward in order to claim its place as a civilized nation amongst world community of nations, come 2017 elections, Liberians must critically review the events of the past with honesty and objectivity. They must make a new commitment to seek lasting solutions. The track records of those who are presenting themselves as candidates for the position of "President of the Republic of Liberia" must be well examined. Liberians must be fair to themselves because results from the 2011 elections will determine the future of Liberia’s unborn generations to come - Bernard Gbayee Goah

Liberia's greatest problem!

While it is true that an individual may be held responsible for corruption and mismanagement of funds in government, the lack of proper system to work with may as well impede the process of ethical, managerial, and financial accountability - Bernard Gbayee Goah

What do I think should be done?

The situation in Liberia is Compound Complex and cannot be fixed unless the entire system of government is reinvented.
Liberia needs a workable but uncompromising system that will make the country an asylum free from abuse, and other forms of corruption.
Any attempt to institute the system mentioned above in the absence of rule of law is meaningless, and more detrimental to Liberia as a whole - Bernard Gbayee Goah

Liberia's Natural Resources
Besides land water and few other resources, most of Liberia’s dependable natural resources are not infinite, they are finite and therefore can be depleted.
Liberia’s gold, diamond, and other natural resources will not always be an available source of revenue generation for its people and its government. The need to invent a system in government that focuses on an alternative income generation method cannot be over emphasized at this point - Bernard Gbayee Goah

Liberia needs a proper system
If Liberians refuse to erect a proper system in place that promotes the minimization of corruption and mismanagement of public funds by government institutions, and individuals, there will come a time when the value of the entire country will be seen as a large valueless land suited on the west coast of Africa with some polluted bodies of waters and nothing else. To have no system in place in any country is to have no respect for rule of law. To have no respect for rule of law is to believe in lawlessness. And where there is lawlessness, there is always corruption - Bernard Gbayee Goah

Solving problems in the absence of war talks

As political instability continues to increase in Africa, it has become abundantly clear that military intervention as a primary remedy to peace is not a durable solution. Such intervention only increases insecurity and massive economic hardship. An existing example which could be a valuable lesson for Liberia is Great Britain, and the US war on terror for the purpose of global security. The use of arms whether in peace keeping, occupation, or invasion as a primary means of solving problem has yield only little results. Military intervention by any country as the only solution to problem solving will result into massive military spending, economic hardship, more fear, and animosity as well as increase insecurity. The alternative is learning how to solve problems in the absence of war talks. The objective of such alternative must be to provide real sustainable human security which cannot be achieved through military arm intervention, or aggression. In order to achieve results that will make the peaceful coexistence of all mankind possible, there must be a common ground for the stories of all sides to be heard. I believe there are always three sides to every story: Their side of the story, Our side of the story, and The truthBernard Gbayee Goah


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