(Feb. 2, 2008) The Associated Press reported that Joshua Milton Blahyi, former rebel leader in the Liberian civil war, recently appeared before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Liberia. In his testimony to the commission on January 15, 2008, Blahyi confessed to the killings of 20,000 people and ordering fighters under his command to rape women.
The TRC was established through the TRC Act of Liberia in 2005 and inaugurated in February 2006. It is vested with the mandate of investigating human rights abuses committed between 1979 and 2003 that claimed 250,000 lives in a nation of three million people. (Jonathan Paye-Layleh, Liberian Ex-Rebel Confesses to Killings, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, Jan. 21, 2008).