liberia monitor


(Hotspot Micro-Report)



Liberia has been steeped in
conflict for nearly fourteen years.  For the last three, violence and
tension have been escalating.  The fighting between government and rebel
troops has left hundreds of civilians dead.  Aid agencies are facing a
humanitarian disaster due to violence, looting and the loss of ports and the
city of Buchanan to rebels limiting their effectiveness in delivering
relief.  The president Charles Taylor is deeply rooted in the hostilities;
many regional leaders accuse him of destabilizing the sub-Saharan region. 
If he leaves office there is the danger of a power vacuum.  Similarly, his
troops may begin to loot the local area and cause harm to the populace. 
If the peace process is not handled correctly, rebels may take the government
by force.  The presence of West African peacekeepers has initially
alleviated fighting.  However, without the presence of US troops and the
stabilization of the region, Liberia could continue in its cycle of violence.


Evidence of Abuse and Danger
  • Rape (Human Rights Watch)

  • Forcible recruitment of children under 18 years (UN OCHA)

  • Mutilations (UN Security Council)

  • Extra-judicial executions (BBC News Online)

  • Arbitrary arrest and detention (Human Rights Watch; UN Security Council)

  • Deliberate targeting of civilians (UN IRIN)
Field Contacts Verification
  1. International Press/Media

  2. Embassies

  3. International Human Rights NGOs

  4. International Relief NGOs

International Contacts:

UN High Commission for Refugees

Office for Coordination Human Affairs

UN Secretary-General’s Office

UN Security Council

UN Development Programme

UN High Commission for Human Rights

Foreign Ministries:

US embassy

British embassy

Swedish embassy

Nigerian embassy

Norwegian embassy

European embassy

Russian embassy

South African embassy


Washington Post

Washington Times

Chicago Tribune

LA Times

New York Times

Associated Press

United Press International




The Times, UK

Liberian Post

The New Democrat (Liberian)

The Inquirer (Liberian)


US Contacts:

State Department

State emergency task force

Congress and Senate

Sub-committee and caucus-committee for human rights


International Crisis Group

Int. Committee for Red Cross

ECHO –       European Humanitarian Aid Office

ECOWAS – Economic Community of West African States

Amnesty International

Rights Watch


Latest News Links

BBC News

Liberian joy as peace troops land

August 4, 2003


Liberian rebels LURD say to pull out of capital

August 4, 2003

Agence France-Presse

Liberia’s Taylor: warlord turned president facing war crimes charges

August 4, 2003


Liberia: Taylor sets date for resigning but not leaving,

August 2, 2003,

Human Rights Watch

Liberia: Peacekeepers Should Not Be Shielded from Justice

August 1, 2003

International Crisis Group

iberia: ICG urges U.S. to lead a robust multinational force

July 16, 2003

All About Liberia

Taylor agrees to Nigeria exit but Obasanjo foresees war if…

7th July 2003

BBC News

US Military Team In Liberia

7th July 2003

UN Integrated Regional Information Networks

LIBERIA: Taylor accepts asylum in Nigeria

7th July 2002

Alert Net

Candidates to replace Liberia’s Taylor

3rd July 2003

CNN News

McCann: ‘Many reasons’ to go into Liberia

5th July 2003


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