AFC BOURNEMOUTH 2 MANCHESTER UNITED 1GOALS:- BOURNEMOUTH: STANISLAS 2nd; KING 54th. UNITED: FELLAINI 24th.A week after toppling reigning Barclays Premier League champions Chelsea, newly promoted Bournemouth shocked Manchester United. After David de Gea was beaten from a corner by Junior Stanislas, United equalised via Marouane Fellaini. The visitors faded after the break and could not fight back after Joshua King fired in from Matt Ritchie’s set piece.CRYSTAL PALACE 1 SOUTHAMPTON 0GOAL:- PALACE: CABAYE 38th.Crystal Palace moved up to sixth in the Barclays Premier League thanks to a Yohan Cabaye winner. The hosts fully deserved their first Barclays Premier League win over Southampton, a victory that also extended Palace’s unbeaten run to three league games. Yannick Bolasie’s cross allowed the unmarked Cabaye to tap home from six yards late in the first half.MANCHESTER CITY 2 SWANSEA CITY 1GOALS:- CITY: BONY 26th; IHEANACHO 90th. SWANSEA: GOMIS 90th.Manchester City went top of the Barclays Premier League on Saturday thanks to Kelechi Iheanacho’s injury-time deflection. City, beaten at Stoke a week ago, struggled against managerless Swansea, who sacked Garry Monk on Wednesday. And after Wilfried Bony lost Ashley Williams to score against his former club, Bafetimbi Gomis’ late equaliser looked like it would earn a point – before Iheanacho’s lucky strike.NORWICH CITY 1 EVERTON 1GOALS:- NORWICH: HOOLAHAN 47th. EVERTON: LUKAKU 15th.Romelu Lukaku scored for the sixth successive time in the Barclays Premier League, but Norwich produced a battling second-half display to hold Everton to their third straight Premier League draw. Lukaku scored with a header from Gerard Deulofeu’s excellent cross. Wes Hoolahan levelled for Norwich from close range before Cameron Jerome missed a great chance for the hosts.SUNDERLAND 0 WATFORD 1GOAL:- WATFORD: IGHALO 4th.Watford claimed their third successive win through Odion Ighalo’s early goal to leave Sunderland in the relegation zone. Ighalo and Black Cats defender Sebastian Coates met Allan Nyom’s low cross at the near post and diverted the ball past Costel Pantilimon. Sunderland took time to find a response but dominated the second half.WEST HAM UNITED 0 STOKE CITY 0These teams drew for the third Barclays Premier League game in a row at the Boleyn Ground. Marco van Ginkel, brought in for the injured Xherdan Shaqiri, had Stoke’s best chance in the first half but he put wide from close range. West Ham enjoyed more action in front of goal but they were denied time after time by Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland.
– Advertisement – About 20 human rights groups have written President George M. Weah requesting him to investigate and prosecute those connected to the commission of atrocities during the 14-year civil war.The rights groups put their request forward on January 21, 2018, a day to Weah’s inauguration, in an open letter to the President.The groups called upon President Weah “to fulfill Liberia’s obligations to investigate and prosecute wartime atrocities” and urged him to “make accountability a priority for your administration and ensure the protection of Liberian human rights defenders, particularly those working on accountability initiatives.”Liberia endured two back to back civil wars from 1989 to 1997 and 1999 to 2003, during which some diplomatic sources estimate up to 250,000 were killed, with more than half the country forcibly displaced.A report by Liberia’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) released in June 2009 found all sides responsible for serious violations of domestic and international law, including war crimes, crimes against humanity, widespread and systematic rape and sexual slavery, torture, use and recruitment of child soldiers, and mass executions of civilians.Although the TRC recommended the establishment of an Extraordinary Criminal Tribunal in Liberia to investigate and prosecute perpetrators of serious violations of international criminal and humanitarian laws, the only prosecutions to date have been outside of Liberia.Hassan Bility, executive director of the Monrovia-based Global Justice and Research Project and one of the authors of the open letter, said: “Justice must be one of the cardinal points of the President’s new agenda. There must be justice for war crimes; otherwise there will be no lasting peace in Liberia.”Bility, a former journalist and torture survivor of the civil war, helped initiate the arrests of several Liberian perpetrators in Europe and the U.S. in partnership with the Swiss based NGO, Civitas Maxima.“Recent cases such as the conviction of Jungle Jabbah in Philadelphia and the indictments of other alleged war criminals in Europe and the U.S. have shown that prosecuting war criminals will not reignite the civil war in Liberia, as has often been feared,” said Nushin Sarkarati, senior staff attorney at the Center for Justice and Accountability. “It is time to bring these examples of justice home, and make ending impunity in Liberia a priority.”Advocacy for prosecution of war criminals after the Liberian civil war began when former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, one of the key players, took over the war ravished country as President.Former President Sirleaf in her confession during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) hearing said she provided US$10,000 to convicted former Liberian President Charles Taylor for humanitarian purpose, but her account was challenged by former wartime colleague Thomas Jucontee Woewiyu, who said her financial contribution far exceeded what she admitted to.Charles Taylor headed the National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) at the time the former President made the donation; something that is a contradiction of the meaning of her donation as claimed.The quest for establishment of a war crimes court in Liberia began with Mulbah Morlu, a strong stalwart of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) of George Weah. Morlu has since abandoned that quest. However, the San Francisco based Center for Justice and Accountability continues to lead the drive to bring Liberian war criminals to justice.The Center for Justice and Accountability is an international human rights organization dedicated to deterring torture, war crimes, crimes against humanity and other severe human rights abuses around the world through litigation, policy advocacy and outreach in pursuit of truth, justice and redress for victims and survivors.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Human rights advocate and former journalist, Hassan Bility