Comma

Access and democratisation of information: the documentation of war atrocities by the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Comma (2008), 2008, (1), 123–134.

Abstract

The Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission was established to document the atrocities committed against the civilian population between 1979 and 2003. It is through access to this information that citizens and civil society organisations can interrogate government on the implementation of the TRC's recommendations. The post-conflict reconstruction should include the establishment of an information infrastructure at the TRC to promote the dissemination of information, and the documentation generated must be correctly managed if it is to serve its intended purpose for which it is being created. Institutions such as the National Archives of Liberia should be equipped to allow information management activities such as preservation and access. TRC archives are the collective memory of the war atrocities; their good management is vital for the healing, democratisation, and reconciliation processes.

Access Token
£25.00

ADAMI Tom, ‘Who will be left to tell the tale?’ Recordkeeping and international criminal jurisprudence, Archival Science 7:3, 2007, pp 213-221 ‘Who will be left to tell the tale?’ Recordkeeping and international criminal jurisprudence Archival Science 7 213 221 Google Scholar

AGBESE Aje-Ori, The Role of the Press and Communication Technology in Democratization, Routledge, New York, 2006. The Role of the Press and Communication Technology in Democratization Google Scholar

AKOKPARI John, AZEVEDO Elisabete, ‘Post-Conflict Elections in Africa: Liberia and Guinea-Bissau in Comparative Perspective’, African Journal of International Affairs, 10: 1-2, 2007, 73-92. ‘Post-Conflict Elections in Africa: Liberia and Guinea-Bissau in Comparative Perspective’ African Journal of International Affairs 10 73 92 Google Scholar

ALAO Abiodun, MACKINLAY John, and OLONISAKIN Funmi, ‘Peacekeepers, politicians, and warlords: the Liberian peace process’, United Nations University Press, 1999. ‘Peacekeepers, politicians, and warlords: the Liberian peace process’ Google Scholar

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL, Truth, Justice and Reparation. Establishing an Effective Truth Commission, 2007 at: http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/POL30/009/2007 Google Scholar

BEST Michael, JONES Kipp, KONDO Illenin, THAKUR Dhanaraj, WOMYO Edem and YU Calvin, ‘Post-conflict communications: the Case of Liberia’, Communications of the ACM 50: 10, 2007. ‘Post-conflict communications: the Case of Liberia’ Communications of the ACM 50 Google Scholar

BRAHM Eric, ‘Getting to the bottom of truth: Evaluating the contribution of truth commissions to post-conflict societies’. Paper presented at Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies 20th Annual Conference, ‘Challenges and Paths to Justice’, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, 6-8 October 2004. ‘Getting to the bottom of truth: Evaluating the contribution of truth commissions to post-conflict societies’ Google Scholar

CENTRE FOR RESEARCH LIBRARIES African Archives Co-operative Projects, ‘Rescuing Liberian history: Preserving the personal papers of William V. S. Tubman, Liberia's longest serving president’ 2006, at: http://www.crl.edu/Areastudies/CAMP/relatedprojects/liberia.htm http://www.bl.uk/about/policies/endangeredarch/vstoneoutcome.html Google Scholar

Constitution of the Republic of Liberia at: http://confinder.richmond.edu/admin/docs/liberia.pdf Google Scholar

CURRAN James, ‘Rethinking Media and Democracy’ in CURRAN James and GUREVITCH Michael (eds), Mass Media and Society, OUP, New York, 2000. Mass Media and Society Google Scholar

DALY Erin, SARKIN Jeremy, Reconciliation in divided societies: finding common ground, University of Pennslvania Press, 2007. Reconciliation in divided societies: finding common ground Google Scholar

DOYLE, Mark, BBC News, ‘Challenges of Liberia's Leader’, 23 November 2005. Available at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/4464048.stm Google Scholar

GRÄNSTRÖM Claes, LUNDQUIST Lennart and FREDRIKSSON Kerstin, Arkivlagen, Bakgrund och kommentarer, Graphic Systems AB, Göteborg, 2000. Arkivlagen, Bakgrund och kommentarer Google Scholar

GBERIE Lansana, ‘Liberia's war and peace process. A historical overview’, in ABOAGYE Festus and BAH M. S. Alhaji, (eds.), A tortuous road to peace. The dynamics of regional, UN and international humanitarian intervention, Peace Missions Programme at the Institute for Security Studies, funded by the Embassy of Finland in Pretoria, South Africa, 2005. A tortuous road to peace. The dynamics of regional, UN and international humanitarian intervention Google Scholar

HAYNER Priscilla, Unspeakable truths, facing the challenge of Truth Commissions, Routledge, New York, 2002. Unspeakable truths, facing the challenge of Truth Commissions Google Scholar

HAYNER Priscilla, Director, International Centre for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), interview held after a meeting held by the Delegation for Roma Issues at Regeringskansliet, Stockholm, 31 March 2008. Director, International Centre for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) Google Scholar

HYMAN S. Lester, United States policy towards Liberia 1822 to 2003, unintended consequences? Africana Homestead Legacy Publishers, New Jersey, 2003. United States policy towards Liberia 1822 to 2003, unintended consequences? Google Scholar

JAYE Thomas, 24 July 2007, ‘Liberia's TRC: Context, Mandate and Challenges’, Pambazuka News, at http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/42769 (accessed 6 January 2010). http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/42769 ‘Liberia's TRC: Context, Mandate and Challenges’ Pambazuka News Google Scholar

KROG, ANTIJE, VERWOERD Wilhelm, MABIZELA ‘CHIEF’ Mahlubi, Life and Times of the TRC, 2000. MABIZELA ‘CHIEF’ Mahlubi, Life and Times of the TRC Google Scholar

KWABO, Nathaniel, ‘TRC Happenings News, TRC Executive Director Inducted into Office’ at: http://www.trcofliberia.org/news-1/trc-happenings/trc-executive-director-inducted-into-office Google Scholar

LAMIN Abdul, ‘Conflict and Governance in West Africa’, in MATLOSA Khabele, ELKLIT Jorgen, and CHIRORO Bertha. (eds.), Challenges of Conflict, Democracy and Development in Africa, Electoral Institute of Southern Africa, 2007. Challenges of Conflict, Democracy and Development in Africa Google Scholar

LIBERIA Comprehensive Peace Agreement, 2003, United States Institute of Peace, 2003, at: http://www.usip.org/library/pa/liberia/liberia_08182003_toc.html Google Scholar

MCQUAIL, Denis, Mass Communication Theory, 4th ed., Sage Publications, 2000. Mass Communication Theory Google Scholar

OPEN SOCIETY INSTITUTE AND CENTRAL EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY, Ethnic violence and justice, the debate over responsibility, accountability, intervention, complicity, tribunals and Truth Commissions, 2003. Google Scholar

RANDAL Lawrence, PULANO R. Cosme, Transitional justice reporting audit, a review of media coverage of the Truth and Reconciliation process in Liberia, Funded by UNESCO and the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ). January-February, 2008. Transitional justice reporting audit, a review of media coverage of the Truth and Reconciliation process in Liberia Google Scholar

RASOOL, Naz, 1999, ‘Literacy and social development in the information age: Redefining possibilities in Sub-Saharan Africa,’ Social Dynamics, 25: 1, 130-149. ‘Literacy and social development in the information age: Redefining possibilities in Sub-Saharan Africa,’ Social Dynamics 25 130 149 Google Scholar

SESAY Amadu, ‘Does one size fit all? The Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission revisited’. Discussion Paper 36, Elanders Gotab AB, Stockholm, 2007. ‘Does one size fit all? The Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission revisited’ Google Scholar

STONE Verlon and DUNN Elwood 2004, Assessment of Liberian document repositories: African studies collection, Liberian Collections Project-Archives of Traditional Music, Indiana University-Bloomington at: http://www.indian.edu/~libsalc/african/assessment%20liberiandocrep.html Google Scholar

SVÄRD Proscovia, ‘The Challenges of documenting war atrocities in post-conflict Sierra Leone: A study of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), African Journal of International Affairs, 10: 1-2, 2007. ‘The Challenges of documenting war atrocities in post-conflict Sierra Leone: A study of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) African Journal of International Affairs 10 Google Scholar

SVÄRD Proscovia, ‘Jerome Verdier on the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission’, News from the Nordic Africa Institute 3, November 2007. ‘Jerome Verdier on the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission’ News from the Nordic Africa Institute 3 Google Scholar

TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION COMMISSION OF LIBERIA, ‘An Act Establishing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Liberia’, May 2005 at: http://www.trcofliberia.org/scholarly-resources/documents/an-act-establishing-the-truth-and-reconciliation-commission-trc-of-liberia/view Google Scholar

UKWELI, Monitoring and documenting human rights violations in Africa a handbook, Amnesty International and CODESRIA, Russell Press, Basford. Google Scholar

VERDIER Jerome, ‘Peace and development through reconciliation: the role of the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission’, Public Lecture at the Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala, Sweden, 2007. ‘Peace and development through reconciliation: the role of the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission’ Google Scholar

WASHINGTON A Massa, ‘Remarks at the official launching of the TRC-US Diaspora statement taking process’, 2007 at: http://www.trcofliberia.org/news-1/trc-happenings/remarks-at-the-official-launching Google Scholar

If you have private access to this content, please log in with your username and password here

Details

Author details

Svärd, Proscovia