Is the conviction of Charles Taylor enough justice?
While most cheered when onetime leader of Liberia, Charles Taylor, received a 50-year sentence for crimes he committed against people of the Sierra Leone. But some wonder whether it is truly justice since the conviction was not directly related to crimes against his own people in Liberia.
For that and other reasons, the Freedom House’s Jaclyn Burger notes that many in Liberia find fault in the contention that the sentencing is an adequate resolution.
“Taylor has not been held accountable for crimes committed in his own country, and many of the main perpetrators and conflict engineers in Liberia enjoy not only freedom, but also the pleasures and privileges that accompany influential positions in various government ministries, the legislature, and local politics,” she writes.