Liberian Leader Boycotts War Crimes Trial
Former Liberian President Charles Taylor,
who has been charged with atrocities in Sierra Leone, did not
show up for the start of his trial in The Hague on Monday, saying
he would not get a fair hearing in the U.N.-backed court.
Trial Could Lead Way to More African War Crimes Tribunals
Liberian President Charles Taylor pleaded not guilty to war crimes
charges in a special Sierra Leone court April 3. Taylor became
the first African leader to face international war crimes charges,
opening the way for similar tribunals for other African leaders
accused of committing crimes against humanity, human rights advocates
Captured Along Nigerian Border, Returned to Liberia to Face Charges
Charles Taylor, who disappeared from Nigeria after authorities
said they would turn him over to face war crimes charges, was
reportedly captured Wednesday trying to enter Cameroon. Nigerian
police said he was flown to Liberia where U.N. officials were
expected to take the ousted Liberian president to face war crimes
charges in neighboring Sierra Leone.
Charles Taylor Vanishes from Nigeria
Charles Taylor, wanted for orchestrating the murder, rape and
mutilation of more than 500,000 Africans, disappeared Monday from
his compound in southern Nigeria, days after Nigerian leader Olusegun
Obasanjo agreed to transfer him to a war crimes tribunal in Sierra
Describes Attempts to Come to Terms with Liberia's Violent Past
Margaret Warner speaks with Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
about pressure from the United Nations, United States and European
Union to extradite former Liberian President Charles Taylor from
Nigeria to stand trial for war crimes in Sierra Leone.
President Addresses Joint Meeting of Congress
In a speech before the U.S. Congress and administration officials,
Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf asked for the continuing
support of the American people, saying a peaceful, prosperous
Liberia can contribute to democracy, civility, and development
in West Africa and beyond.
Leader Faces Tough Road in Liberia
Ifill speaks about the election of Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf as
Liberia's president and
the challenges ahead for the West African nation with Chris Fomunyoh,
senior associate for Africa at the National Democratic Institute,
and Mike McGovern from the International Crisis Group.
Ex-Finance Minister Poised to Become First Woman President in
ex-finance minister appeared to hold a commanding lead over her
opponent in the war-torn nation's presidential run-off election
Thursday, placing her in position to become the first woman elected
president of an African nation.
Likely in Liberia Presidential Election
Liberia's first post-war elections, early poll results on Thursday
predicted a runoff between soccer star George Weah and former
Finance Minister Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.
Looks to Elections to Forge Stability
beleaguered by war and corruption in an unstable region, Liberia
will attempt to usher in a new, more stable era on Tuesday when
its voters participate in the West African nation's first post-civil
Soccer star-turned presidential candidate George Weah
No More War From
on PBS: U.N.
peacekeepers moved into Liberia in 2003 to help implement a peace
deal put in place after President Charles Taylor was exiled. FRONTLINE/World
reporter Jessie Deeter accompanies U.N. commander
General Daniel Opande
into the war-torn region as the mission faces one of its biggest
challenges -- to disarm more than 100,000 former fighters and
offer them an alternative to war.
Ask for New Liberian Leader to Step Down
main rebel group has asked the government's transition leader
to step down, or risk threatening a peace agreement intended to
end more than a dozen years of civil war.
Sworn in as Liberia's Leader
Gyude Bryant was sworn in as the leader of Liberia's postwar government
Tuesday, raising hopes that the nation can return to order and
stability after 12 years of civil war.
Liberian Transition Leader Chosen
Even as Liberia's rebels and government named businessman Gyude
Bryant to head their transition government, the United Nations
envoy to war-torn West african nationa said he would ask the Security
Council to authorize its largest peacekeeping deployment in the
world -- 15,000 troops.
Factions in Liberia Sign Peace Accord
After three years of civil war, the Liberian government and the
two largest rebel groups -- Liberians United for Reconciliation
and Democracy (LURD) and the Movement for Democracy in Liberia
-- signed a peace accord today that calls for a two-year power-sharing
Troops in Liberia; Rebels Withdraw
Dozens of U.S. Marines landed at Liberia's main airport Thursday
to help African peacekeepers move into rebel-held areas of Monrovia.
Simmons, a reporter with the Los Angeles Times, discusses the
arrival of American Marines.
Storm Port, Rebels Prepare to Leave Capital
Liberians, frustrated by the lack of humanitarian aid, stormed
Monrovia's port Wednesday, as rebel fighters prepared to hand
it over to West African peacekeepers who will supply desperately
needed aid. Correspondents reported seeing men, women and children
ripping open sacks, looking for something to eat. Rebels, hoping
to disperse the mob, fired shots into the air in an effort to
control the chaos.
Liberia's Deposed President Begins Exile in Nigeria
Former Liberian leader Charles Taylor began
his second day in exile in southeastern Nigeria on Wednesday,
after handing control of his war-torn country to his vice president
and in the face of United Nations war crimes charges for his role
in Sierra Leone's civil war.
Taylor Resigns, Hands Power To Vice President
President Charles Taylor stepped down from office Monday, telling
the world leaders who pushed him to resign to take the "opportunity
to help the people of Liberia." Three regional experts assess
the departure of Taylor and the challenges that remain.
Charles Taylor Resigns
Pledges Names Successor, Nigerian Peacekeepers Enter Monrovia
As Nigerian peacekeeping troops entered the capital city of Monrovia
Thursday, embattled President Charles Taylor cancelled his scheduled
appearance before Liberia's congress, but did submit a letter
to the legislature saying he would hand power over to his vice
U.S. Marines Land in Liberia
the arrival of seven Marines to aid in the work of West African
peacekeepers, historians reflect on the special relationship between
Liberia and the U.S. and how it impacts American responsibilities
in the war-torn nation.
U.S. Marines Arrive in Liberia, Taylor Promises to Resign Thursday
React to the Challenges Facing Peacekeepers
peacekeeping troops began arriving in Liberia's war-torn capital
Monday, as Liberians took to the streets to celebrate what they
hope will be an end to 14 years of civil war. A leading opposition
figure and the top U.N. official for Liberia discuss what must
be done to bring stability to the West African nation.
Nigerian Peacekeepers Arrive in Liberia
African Peacekeepers Set For Liberian Deployment
West African leaders agreed Thursday to deploy a force to war-torn
Liberia by Monday and called for the country's embattled president
to go into exile within three days of the peacekeepers' arrival.
Fighting Reported as West African Team Arrives in Liberia
Heavy fighting continued in the Liberian capital of Monrovia Wednesday
as a military assessment team from West African nations arrived
to assess a possible peacekeeping mission. As the situation continued
to unfold in Monrovia, President Bush reiterated the need for
a West African force to be ready to move in before he commits
U.S. forces to the region.
Erupts in Liberia's Second Largest City
forces seeking to oust President Charles Taylor attacked the second-largest
city, Buchanan, Monday, endangering refugees who had already fled
the violence in the capital, Monrovia.
Deploys Forces Off Liberia's Coast, Stresses International Role
Suarez talks to New York Times correspondent Eric Schmitt about
President Bush's decision to
deploy U.S. forces off the country's coast to aid in an international
peacekeeping mission. The president's announcement comes a day
after the USS Iwo Jima moved into Mediterranean Sea for possible
duty in a Liberia operation.
Government Fighting Sparks Debate over U.S. Intervention
As gunfire and mortars exploded throughout
the Liberian capital of Monrovia Tuesday, discussions continued
in Washington over whether to deploy U.S. peacekeepers to the
war-torn nation. Two regional experts offer their assessment of
the fighting and the prospects for peace if international forces
move into the region.
the U.S. Help End Liberian Violence?
News for Students and Teachers: An ongoing
civil war in the West African nation Liberia has left one million
civilians homeless and drawn countries around the world, including
the United States, into a debate about how to help the nation.
Officials Assess Possible U.S. Deployment to Liberia
U.S. military team arrive in the Liberian capital of Monrovia to assess a possible
deployment of American peacekeepers to the war-torn West African nation. Gwen
Ifill gets an update from Somini Sengupta, a reporter for The New York Times.
to Send Military Experts to West Africa, Taylor Offers to Resign
Facing rebel attacks on the capital and American calls for his departure, Liberian
President Charles Taylor said he would be willing to step down once international
peacekeepers arrived. Within hours, the U.S. announced it would dispatch military
experts to West Africa to gauge how to stabilize the region.
Monrovia -- Sebastian Junger on the Situation within Monrovia
military forces are ready for possible deployment to Liberia, where there's a
fragile truce between President Charles Taylor's troops and insurgent forces.
Terence Smith discusses the situation with Vanity Fair's Sebastian Junger, who
just returned from assignment in Liberia.
Weighs International Call to Send Peacekeepers to Liberia
With mounting calls for the U.S. to lead a military intervention into the civil
war-torn African nation of Liberia, President Bush Wednesday said he lamented
the continuing violence and that his government was considering all options to
bring peace to the country.
Bush Reiterates Call for Taylor to Leave
Bush called on embattled and indicted Liberian President Charles Taylor to step
down today. Terence Smith gets an update on the recent rebel offensive in Liberia
from Sebastian Junger, a reporter for Vanity Fair. Smith then follows up with
a discussion on the potential for U.S. intervention.
Near Liberian Capital, Intense Fighting Continues
Rebel fighters armed with rocket propelled grenades and mortars advanced into
areas of Liberia's capital city of Monrovia Wednesday, effectively shattering
a week-old cease-fire agreement between rebel leaders and President Charles Taylor's
Factions Sign Cease-Fire, Move to Form New Government
Warring factions in the West African nation of Liberia signed a cease-fire Tuesday
in a bid to end some 14 years of conflict and create a transitional government
without current President Charles Taylor.
War Crimes Court Indicts Liberian President
A special United Nations-backed war crimes court in Sierra Leone on Wednesday
indicted Charles Taylor, president of neighboring Liberia, charging him with "bearing
the greatest responsibility" for war crimes, crimes against humanity and violations
of international humanitarian law during Sierra Leone's brutal 10-year civil war.
Calls for an End to Civil War in Liberia
Assistant Secretary of State George Moose
urges African leaders meeting in Ghana to force out Liberia's
warlords and to end the civil war.
Children: A Report on the Child Warriors of Liberia
Drugged and armed 12 year olds rule Monrovia's
streets in a civil war that has destroyed Liberia. Charlayne Hunter-Gault
history of relations between Liberia and the United States.
She then examines the causes and possible solutions of the current
strife with three African experts.