NTGLNational Transitional Government of Liberia
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The August 2003 Comprehensive Peace Agreement, (2) signed by the three warring factions and 18 political parties, laid out a peace process, provided for the creation of the National Transitional Government of Liberia (NTGL), and allocated leadership positions within it.
Attempts by some NTGL ministers to try to run for office in the 2005 election, in violation of the 2003 peace accord, also sparked controversy.
There are unconfirmed reports that two NTGL officials were involved in orchestrating the violence.
In the cabinet that was picked to work alongside NTGL chairman Gyude Bryant, the NPP retained five ministries, while five each were allocated to the members of LURD and MODEL.
While the intention of many of the NGOs participating in the negotiation process may well have been to act as advocates for and custodians of popular interests amid the convened warlords and politicians, the ensuing jostling for positions in the NTGL and competition for control of state agencies and enterprises fundamentally altered their role in Liberian society.
The NTGL consists of people who led or served in rebel groups which were egregious offenders in the practice of trafficking in persons for the purposes of forced and bonded labor, soldiering, and using girls and women as sex slaves.
The NTGL mandates that public businesses and markets, including Muslim businesses and shops, remain closed on Sundays and major Christian holy days, an issue that Muslim leaders have brought to the Legislative Assembly.
The NTGL has not specifically dedicated material resources to anti-bias and religious tolerance education.
All religious and political detainees held by Taylor's government were released, and the NTGL did not detain anyone on the basis of their religion.
Since taking office, the NTGL at all levels strives to protect this right in full and does not tolerate its abuse, either by governmental or private actors.
In 2004, the NTGL did not sponsor a Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, but Muslim adherents independently made the pilgrimage.
The NTGL has not specifically dedicated material resources to anti-bias and religious tolerance education; however, it supports societal efforts to promote interfaith understanding.