October 8, 2014
by William Helbling
Liberia's Justice Minister Christiana Tah on Monday resigned from her position, claiming the country's president had blocked an investigation. Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf accepted the resignation after meeting with Tah at the Foreign Ministry office. Tah stepped down claiming that ...[read more]
January 13, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
The Liberian Supreme Court on Friday barred Justice Minister Christiana Tah from practicing law for six months, according to Liberia's state radio, after being found guilty of contempt. The ruling cited Tah's decision to grant "compassionate release" to journalist Rodney Sieh, who was jailed last ...[read more]
August 22, 2013
by Blake Lynch
Widespread police corruption in Liberia is denying Liberians equal and impartial justice and impeding the country's postwar development, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Thursday. HRW based its report on conversations with more than 120 victims of police corruption and examination of multiple ...[read more]
April 16, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
On April 16, 1862, US President Abraham Lincoln signed "An Act for the Release of certain Persons held to Service or Labor in the District of Columbia" into law. The act abolished slavery in the District of Columbia and created a three-commissioner panel to review petitions for compensation from ...[read more]
September 21, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On September 21, 2011, Amnesty International (AI) condemned Liberia for the poor conditions of their prisons. AI released a report that accused the government of Liberia of failing to cope with the needs of its prisoners. Some specific problems cited were inadequate drinking water, poor ...[read more]
August 23, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On August 23, 2011, the National Election Commission of Liberia distributed defective paper ballots for the constitutional referendum. Voters found errors on the ballot proposing a change to the retirement age of Supreme Court judges. The error left many voters confused when they were casting ...[read more]
August 3, 2012
by Sung Un Kim
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Friday expressed concern about draft legislation that would criminalize homosexual behavior in Liberia. The bill provides for fines and imprisonment for up to five years for "seduc, encourag, promotanother person of the same ...[read more]
July 27, 2012
by Sung Un Kim
Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara announced Friday that four men responsible for killing seven UN officials during an armed conflict near the border town of Tai were arrested in Liberia. The seven UN peacekeepers, all from Niger, were killed in a cross-border raid in early June. The attack ...[read more]
July 20, 2012
by Max Slater
The Liberian Senate on Thursday approved a bill that prohibits same-sex marriage in the West African nation. The bill, sponsored by Senator Jewel Howard Taylor, makes same-sex marriage a second degree felony subject to a fine or a short term of imprisonment. Senator Joseph Nagbe, who supported ...[read more]
June 7, 2012
by Caleb Pittman
JURIST Guest Columnist Kenneth Gallant of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law says that the sentencing of Charles Taylor should have included the provision of reparations for his victims, and that the prosecution ought to raise this issue on appeal...The ...[read more]

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