A August 2017 -- Although Liberia has made significant progress since the civil war ended, precarious human rights conditions have prompted the United Nations to open an office there early next year to monitor and report on the situation. With the main purpose of the visit to establish a UN Human Rights Office in the country, an agreement was signed with the Government for the new office to open in early 2018. "What we have learned in country after country is that neither peace nor development can be properly sustainable unless they are firmly grounded in human rights," said Mr. Gilmour.
The arrest and conviction of former Liberian ruler Charles Taylor have raised series of conspiracy theories and contradictions among both his foes and supporters in Liberia. Charles Taylor was forced to resign as president of Liberia in August of 2003, followed by his arrest three years later for war crimes and crimes against humanity accused of committing in neighboring Sierra Leone. The charges against Taylor were based on his alleged role as a major backer of rebel forces in Sierra Leone and on his alleged responsibility for Liberian forces fighting in support of the Sierra Leonean rebels.
Eleanor Sirleaf Johnson is the Harvard educated, Nobel Prize winning President of Liberia with a long bloodstained history of support for warlords both past and present. She used to be the de facto foreign minister for that most bloodthirsty of warlords former Liberian “President” Charles Taylor, and addressed the US Congress in his support. President Johnson is the queen of the warlords, for she has granted fiefdoms to many of Charles Taylor’s top Capos in todays Liberia. This is the Charles Taylor that is an incarcerated war criminal having been found guilty of crimes against humanity by that pack of western lickspittles enthroned at the International Criminal Court.
Monrovia - UNMIL Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (DSRSG) for Rule of Law, Waldemar Vrey today at the launch of the Human Rights Resource Centre at the Ministry of Justice said that lack of domestication of international human rights treaties continues to draw Liberia back.
DSRSG singled out the gender-based violence, the harmful traditional practices and the prolonged detention of suspects in prison custody as areas that need urgent attention by Liberia. “Domestication of international treaties to which Liberia is signatory to as well as reporting on these treaties continues to be behind schedule,” said Mr. Vrey.
This report was prepared by the Human Rights and Protection Service (HRPS) of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), and is released jointly with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
2. HRPS is mandated to promote, protect and monitor human rights in Liberia, with “special attention to violations and abuses committed against women and children.” HRPS is also mandated to support the efforts of the Government of Liberia to combat sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and to fight impunity for such crimes.
HRPS monitoring has revealed serious challenges in addressing impunity for SGBV. A report published by UNMIL and OHCHR in December 2015, entitled “An Assessment of Human Rights Issues Emanating from Traditional Practices in Liberia,” provided detailed accounts of SGBV crimes in Liberia perpetrated with impunity within the realm of traditional and cultural practices. The present report focuses solely on rape and the underlying challenges in holding perpetrators accountable within the formal justice system, considering the magnitude and prevalence of the crime and the high levels of impunity. It is based primarily on cases documented by HRPS between January 2015 and May 2016.
London) – The United Kingdom authorities’ arrest of Agnes Reeves Taylor in London for her alleged role in torture committed during Liberia’s first civil war is a meaningful step for justice, Human Rights Watch said today. Reeves Taylor, the former wife of imprisoned former Liberian president Charles Tayler, was arrested by the Metropolitan Police’s War Crimes unit on June 1, 2017, and subsequently charged with torture.
PHILADELPHIA – An indictment was unsealed today charging Mohammed Jabbateh, 49, a citizen of Liberia residing in East Lansdowne, PA, with immigration fraud and perjury, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger and Acting Special Agent-in-Charge Jack Staton, Homeland Security Investigations. Jabbateh, a/k/a “Jungle Jabbah,” is charged with two counts of fraud in immigration documents and two counts of perjury.
(Brussels) – The Belgian authorities’ arrest of a Liberian for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity during Liberia’s first civil war is a major advance for justice. It is the first arrest for crimes that violate international law committed during the conflict in Liberia from 1989 to 1996, which left tens of thousands dead.
Swiss authorities have arrested a Liberian suspected of carrying out war crimes during the West African nation’s civil war.The arrest of Alieu Kosiah, a former commander of the United Liberation Movement of Liberia for Democracy (ULIMO), a rebel group that fought against Charles Taylor’s National Patriotic Front for Liberia (NPFL) in Liberia’s first civil war, was reported yesterday. Kosiah was arrested on 10 November 2014 for his alleged implication in war crimes committed between 1993 and 1995 in Lofa County, Liberia.
The son of former Liberian President Charles Taylor was sentenced Friday to 97 years in prison for torture overseas in the first U.S. case of its kind. U.S. District Judge Cecilia M. Altonaga imposed the sentence on Charles McArthur Emmanuel, 31, who headed an elite paramilitary unit in
An indictment was unsealed yesterday charging Jucontee Thomas Woewiyu, a/k/a “Jucontee Thomas Smith,” 68, of Collingdale, Pennsylvania, with lying on his application for U.S. citizenship by not disclosing his alleged affiliation with a violent political group in Liberia, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger.
On 21 April 2017, the Dutch Court of Appeal in ‘s-Hertogenbosch issued a decision convicting Dutch national Mr Guus Kouwenhoven to a 19 year jail sentence for illegal arms trafficking and complicity in war crimes in Liberia and Guinea between 2000 and 2002. As a shareholder and president-director of two of the largest companies in Liberia,
ROCHESTER, N.Y.- Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Isaac Kannah, 51, of Philadelphia, PA, who was charged in an October 2012 indictment with perjury and obstruction of justice, was arrested on January 10, 2017, by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations Special Agents in Philadelphia. The charges carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
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