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Liberia: Amnesty for Surrender of Weapons

(Sept. 16, 2016) It was reported on September 12, 2016, that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia has issued a proclamation encouraging anyone in three of the country’s counties to surrender their small arms and light weapons. The counties are Grand Gedeh, Maryland, and River Gee, which are located along the border this West African […]

Liberia: Army Orders Border Crossers from Sierra Leone Shot Due to Fear of Ebola

(Aug. 22, 2014) On August 15, 2014, Colonel Eric W. Dennis, Deputy Chief of Staff of Liberia’s armed forces, directed soldiers on the border in two counties in the western part of the country to shoot at anyone trying to enter from Sierra Leone. This move comes as a result of the Ebola epidemic; the […]

Liberia: Ban on Same-Sex Marriage Passed by Senate

(July 30, 2012) On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY OBSERVER (July 21, 2012).) The draft amendment is now headed to the 64-member House of Representatives. If approved in […]

Liberia: Supreme Court Dismisses Challenge to President Sirleaf’s Eligibility to Seek Re-Election

(Oct. 6, 2011) With only a few days left before the constitutionally mandated general elections scheduled for October 11, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court, on October 5, 2011, dismissed a petition challenging the eligibility of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (Liberia's incumbent President) and five other candidates to stand for election. (Alphonso Toweh & Richard Valdmanis, […]

Liberia: Supreme Court Ratifies a Constitutional Amendment

(Sept. 27, 2011) On September 20, the Liberian Supreme Court ratified a proposal for constitutional amendment that was one of the subjects of the country's August 23, 2011 referendum. This proposal (also known as Proposition 4) sought to amend section 83(b) of the 1986 Constitution of Liberia, to require that elections to public office be […]

Liberia: Supreme Court Suspends Election Campaigns

(Sept. 21, 2011) On September 20, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court temporarily suspended the election campaigning underway for the upcoming presidential elections while it examines the eligibility of some of the candidates to stand for election. (Liberia Suspends Election Campaign on Eligibility Row, REUTERS (Sept. 20, 2011).) The Court issued a stay order in response […]

Liberia: House of Representatives Passes Freedom of Information Act

(July 29, 2010) On July 22, 2010, the Liberian House of Representatives passed the Freedom of Information Bill which, if enacted into law, will give members of the press corps and the general public unfettered access to public records. (Freedom of Information Bill Passed, THE ANALYST (July 23, 2010), The bill must be sent […]

Liberia: Proposal to Increase Women’s Participation in Politics

(June 7, 2010) On May 27, 2010, a bill entitled the Gender Equity in Politics Act 2010, which seeks to increase the involvement of women in Liberia's political process, was proposed to the country's legislature for floor action (Liberia's Legislature Introduces Bill to Increase Women'sParticipation in Politics, AFRIQUE AVENIR, May 28, 2010, available at […]

Liberia: Whistleblower Protection Law to Be Considered

(Apr. 26, 2010) On April 20, 2010, Liberia's President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, sent a bill to the country's two legislative bodies, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The bill contained the text of a proposed law to protect whistleblowers. According to Sirleaf, the act, when in force, will defend those who disclose information for […]

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 […]