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Liberia: war lord 'Jungle Jabbah' jailed for 30 years in USA

Responding to the news that Mohammed Jabateh, a former Liberian war lord known as ‘Jungle Jabbah’ now living in the US, has been sentenced to 30 years for immigration fraud and perjury due to failure to disclose his involvement in human rights abuses during the Liberian civil war, Sabrina Mahtani, Amnesty International’s West Africa Researcher, said: “While Mohammed Jabateh was not convicted of the crimes he is allegedly responsible for under international law, this is nevertheless the first case to provide some justice for victims of Liberia’s civil war. Such prosecutions send a strong signal

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Charles Taylor verdict 'brings some measure of justice' but is 'just the tip of the iceberg'

Amnesty International has welcomed the conviction of Charles Taylor, the former president of Liberia, who was found guilty today of war crimes, at The Hague, but has said that reparations are integral to achieving justice for the victims and assisting them to rebuild their lives. Commenting on the conviction of Charles Taylor, Brima Abdulai Sheriff, Director of Amnesty International Sierra Leone, said: "There is no doubt that today's verdict sends an important message to high-ranking state officials; no matter who you are or what position you hold, you will be brought to justice for crimes.

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Liberia: Appalling prison conditions must be improved

Conditions in many prisons across Liberia are so poor that they violate basic human rights with inmates crowded into dirty cells without adequate food, water or healthcare, Amnesty International said in a new report released today. Good intentions are not enough: The struggle to reform Liberia’s prisons describes the appalling conditions witnessed by Amnesty International in four of Liberia’s 15 prison facilities, despite some welcome steps taken by the government to improve the system. Amnesty International’s Tawanda Hondora said: “Inmates can suffer permanent damage to their physical and

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Aug 5 2010 1:14PM
Diamonds are a girl's best friend...

… Or so they say. I’m not too sure that Naomi Campbell – this morning at least – was thinking that as she stood to testify at Charles Taylor’s trial at The Hague about rough diamonds which the former Liberian President was alleged to...

Nov 30 2009 9:43AM
Vulture funds sue Liberia for £12 million

Vulture funds are to sue Liberia for £12 million in the High Court in London. I wrote before about the campaign against vulture funds. They seek to make a profit from exploiting some of the poorest people in the world. The amount...

Oct 16 2009 9:58PM
Liberia: still a long way to go

Tonight's Unreported World on Channel 4 showed many girls in Liberia who had suffered terrible ordeals of rape. Visiting Monrovia's central prison the programme could only find one man who had been convicted of rape with an under-age...

Jul 27 2008 11:13PM
Film: Johnny Mad Dog

A film called Johnny Mad Dog is set to create an unusual level of authenticity by using Liberian children who have been soldiers. Update, October 2009: See this review of the film from the Guardian.

Liberia: Greater efforts needed for reintegration of former female fighters

Amnesty International has released a report showing how female combatants and Women's rights's rightss rights's rights's rights's rights associated with fighting forces were discriminated against and largely left out of the disarmament, demobilisation, rehabilitation, and reintegration (DDRR) process in Liberia. The release of the report Liberia: A flawed process discriminates against Women's rights's rightss rights's rights's rights's rights followed a series of events this weekend in Monrovia, including a concert and film screening of Women's rights's rightss rights's rights's rights's

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The Hague: Charles Taylor Trial - This trial must deliver justice for the victims

Many in Liberia and Sierra Leone not aware of the start of trial, says AmnestyThe trial of the former Liberian President Charles Taylor, which opens today at the Special Court for Sierra Leone in The Hague, runs the risk of taking place without the victims of the war crimes even knowing the trial is about to start, according to Amnesty International. The former Liberian President Charles Taylor has been charged with committing crimes against humanity and war crimes in Sierra Leone, including killings, mutilations, rape and other forms of sexual violence, sexual slavery, the recruitment and use

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