IDMC in partnership with the Liberia Refugee Resettlement and Rehabilitation Commission (LRRRC) organised a three-day training workshop for national law makers, government officials and members of the Liberian civil society with the aim of supporting the domestication of the Kampala Convention in Liberia.
In April 2006 the IDP return process in Liberia was officially declared over. More than 314,000 IDPs had been returned to their areas of origin in 18 months and a total of 35 camps were closed, formally marking the end of a 17-year era during which much of Liberia’s 3 million population had at some time been internally displaced.
Following Liberia’s credible elections in October 2005 there may at last be real cause for optimism for the hundreds of thousands of people displaced by fourteen years of civil war. While the new government of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has been taking the first steps towards economic and security sector reform, IDPs and refugees have been continuing to return home in large numbers.