The President of the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA) Counselor Tiawan Saye Gongloe, has said he foresees a full scale of sanctions placed being placed on some lawmakers in the upper chambers of the national legislature for their respective roles to oppose the setting up of a War and Economic Crime Court for Liberia.
Speaking to the media yesterday, Thursday, July 22, 2021 against the backdrop of the recommendation to President George Manneh Weah for the establishment of the Transitional Justice Commission, the lead campaigner of the court said though a clever attempt, but a diversionary tactics to truncate the genuine case to seek for justice for the victims of the senseless civil war and end impunity in the country.
”But I promised them, sooner or later some of them will get “international sanction” because they have become co-conspirator trying to shield suspects of the country’s conflict.
“There cannot be peace without justice everywhere and Liberia is no exception because it need to come to term by addressing past abuses committed no matter who is involved,” Gongloe noted
He said there is no legal basis for the manner and form of the way the senate acted except they do not want accountability, but they should remember, Liberia is a signatory to international treaties and protocols.
“The Senate is trying to make Prince Johnson, George Boley and others to benefit from their action for not wanting to be accountable for their wrongs, but that is deception, I can assure some of them getting the shock from international sanction,” Gongloe stated.
He then urged Liberians not to allow suspected criminals who committed crimes and do not want to account for the same to make determination on the future of the country against the will of the majority.
International sanctions are political and economic decisions that are part of diplomatic efforts by countries, multilateral or regional organizations against states or organizations either to protect national security interests, or to protect international law, and defend against threats to international peace and security.
These decisions principally include the temporary imposition on a target of economic, trade, diplomatic, cultural or other restrictions that are lifted when the motivating security concerns no longer apply, or when no new threats have arisen.
According to Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, only the UN Security Council has a mandate by the international community to apply sanctions (Article 41) that must be complied with by all UN member states (Article 2,2).