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Kronologi over fredssagen og international politik 26. April 2012 / Time Line April 26, 2012

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Taylor Verdict Milestone for International Justice
Liberian Warlord Guilty of Crimes Against Humanity During Sierra Leone's Civil War : Freedom of Information Documents Detail Human Rights Abuses in Liberia.
National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 376.
Washington, D.C., April 26, 2012 -- The former Liberian president Charles Taylor today became the first head of state since Nuremberg convicted by an international court for crimes against humanity, for his role in the decade-long Sierra Leone civil war; and his human rights abuses in Liberia from 1990 to 2003 were likely even more systematic, according to declassified U.S. government documents posted today by the National Security Archive.
The U.S. Embassy Monrovia began one Confidential 2003 report during Taylor's last year in office by noting, "A few months ago, The Economist magazine dubbed Liberia as the worst place in the world. Things have declined since then." The cable went on to report, "The Taylor regime is like a wounded shark feeding on its own entrails."
In 2006, the newly elected president of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, requested Taylor's extradition from Nigeria. Upon his arrival in Monrovia, Taylor was transferred to the custody of the United Nations and flown to Sierra Leone to stand trial at the Special Court for Sierra Leone for war crimes and crimes against humanity.



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