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Liberia; Sierra Leone: Financial Shortfall May Lead to Taylor’s Release

(Mar. 5, 2009) As of May 2009, the United Nations-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone may face a shortage of funds of more than US$5 million. Donations to the Court have declined due to the global financial crisis. This court is the first of its kind to rely on donations from other nations for its […]

Liberia: House Passes Law on HIV Privacy, Prevention

(Sept. 10, 2008) On September 2, 2008, the Liberian House of Representatives, part of the bicameral legislature, passed the Anti HIV/AIDS Law, designed to protect the privacy of individuals living with HIV/AIDS and prevent the spread of the disease. The Act makes it illegal for any individual to divulge to a third party the results […]

Liberia: UN Urges Human Rights Improvement

(Apr. 2, 2008) A new United Nations report, prepared by the U.N. mission in Liberia, discusses human rights conditions in the country and makes 12 major recommendations to improve the situation in the country. Covering the May to October 2007 period, the 24-page report concerns violations of economic, social, civil, and political rights, as well […]

Liberia: Human Rights

(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 […]

Liberia: Anti-Rape Campaign Launched

(Dec. 2, 2007) The Liberian government, with assistance from the United Nations, has undertaken a national campaign to prevent and punish the crime of rape. The project was launched by Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf with the slogan "Stop rape – it could be your mother, your daughter, your sister, your niece." The United Nations […]

Liberia: U.N. Report Calls for Improved Juvenile Justice System

(Dec. 2, 2007) A November 14, 2007, report issued by the United Nations mission in Liberia states that the country's juvenile justice system needs to be made stronger to protect children's legal rights. As a result of the 14-year civil war, many Liberian public institutions must now be strengthened, including those bodies designed to protect […]