The Justice and Peace Commission (JPC) was founded in November 1991 in response to a century long history of widespread human rights abuses and injustices accentuated by a brutal civil war which began in 1989.
The JPC postulates the Christian Principles of love, justice and freedom, and addresses itself to issues regarding social, economic, political and religious justice as well as the respect for human rights.
The activities of the JPC are governed by the following principles and beliefs as inscribed in the Catholic Social Teachings of the Church:
All human beings, regardless of religion, creed, political beliefs and affiliation, economic and social status, whether they be men, women, children, disabled (physically or mentally);
The organisation bases its work on three overall objectives: to discover and make public human rights abuses and violations; to promote respect for human rights, democracy, justice, and peace; and to promote dialogue, tolerance, and co-existence among all sections of Liberian society.
In the area of human rights, it has a programme designed to create a human rights conscious and strong civil society movement to confront the long culture of silence over human rights abuses. The JPC is directly engaged in the monitoring, investigating, documentation and reporting of human rights abuses and violations.
In terms of access to justice, the organisation provides free legal service to the disadvantaged whose rights are violated, but do not have the means to acquire legal redress. Via their prison visitation and assistance program, the JPC reviews the terms and duration of detention, the health and general physical condition of inmates and the overall condition of prison institutions and provides services where needed.
A key part of the work of the JPC is to conduct conflict resolution and peacebuilding training and workshops at a community level, in order to promote non-violence as a method for resolving conflicts.