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What the ICRC did in 2013

Detainee welfare

  • visited over 1,800 detainees in 22 places of detention, including prisons and police stations; helped the Bureau of Corrections and Rehabilitation (Ministry of Justice) to improve water and sanitation infrastructure, benefiting 1,342 detainees in 8 prisons;

  • provided soap for 1,700 inmates in all 16 of Liberia's prisons;

  • organized supplementary feeding for 152 malnourished prisoners in Monrovia Central Prison;

  • helped several foreign detainees to contact their relatives abroad;

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Special Representative, Briefing Security Council, Stresses Need to Build Solid Basis for Reform, Effective Governance in Consolidating Liberia’s Peace

SC/11332

Security Council
7145th Meeting (AM)

Progress Slow in Justice, Rule of Law, Says Chair of Peacebuilding Configuration

Seizing the present “window of opportunity” to build solid foundations for reform and effective governance in Liberia would be critical for consolidating the country’s hard-won peace and charting a future of inclusive development, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative told the Security Council today.

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Côte d'Ivoire/Libéria : Une mère et ses enfants réunis après trois ans de séparation

Pendant la crise post-électorale de 2010-2011 en Côte d’Ivoire, des milliers de personnes ont fui les violences et se sont réfugiées au Libéria. Parmi elles de nombreux enfants, obligés de partir sans leurs parents voire même sans un proche. Depuis, la Croix-Rouge est parvenue à réunir bon nombre de ces enfants avec leur famille.

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DRC opens women’s centre in Liberia

A new women’s centre in a refugee camp in Liberia has been set up and is ready to deal with different women’s issues. DRC has identified different challenges faced by females – and they will be addressed in the new centre.

31st January 2014 marked the official inauguration of the Women’s Centre or Foyer des Femmes in the DRC managed Little Wlebo Refugee Camp, Maryland by the U.S. Ambassador to Liberia, Ambassador Deborah Ruth Malac. The centre will be a free space for the female population of the camp – and the construction of the U.S. funded centre was recently completed.

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Des réfugiés ivoiriens appellent au désarmement, à la réconciliation et à une hausse de la prime de retour

CAMP DE RÉFUGIÉS DE PTP, Libéria, 10 février (HCR) – Des réfugiés ivoiriens vivant au Libéria ont appelé au désarmement des anciens combattants, à un renforcement des efforts pour la réconciliation nationale et une hausse de la prime de rapatriement. Ces mesures, selon eux, encourageraient à davantage de retours vers la Côte d'Ivoire.

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Ivorian refugees call for disarmament, reconciliation and increased grant before return

PTP REFUGEE CAMP, Liberia, February 10 (UNHCR) – Ivorian refugees living in Liberia have called for the disarmament of former fighters, stronger efforts at national reconciliation and an increase in the repatriation grant, saying this would encourage more returns to Côte d'Ivoire.

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UNHCR Liberia: 2013 in Review

Inside this Issue

Message from the Rep

Repatriation in 2013

Key Achievements

Strategic Directions

Dates to Remember

UNHCR Supports Govt

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Female LNP Officers Praise Leadership Training

A capacity-building workshop for female Liberian National Police (LNP) officers was held in Nimba County in November focusing on their retention in the service as well as promotion and specialization in various operational areas.

A capacity-building workshop for female Liberian National Police (LNP) officers was held in Nimba County in November focusing on their retention in the service as well as promotion and specialization in various operational areas.

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Improving justice in Liberia

13 December 2013 - As part of a fellowship programme for law students that want to become public defenders, UNODC partnered with the Washington and Lee University School of Law in the United States and the Public Defense Office in Monrovia, Liberia. The programme aims to strengthen the national criminal justice system by introducing well-prepared lawyers into the profession.

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UNICEF appeals for accelerating birth registration and certification in Liberia

Monrovia, LIBERIA, 11 December 2013 – UNICEF and the Government of Liberia today called for accelerated efforts to boost birth registration in the country.

“Over ninety percent of Liberian children under five are not registered. Officially, they are invisible. This is unacceptable,” said the UNICEF Liberia Representative, Sheldon Yett, at a media conference coinciding with UNICEF’s 67th anniversary.

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Men as agents of change in ending violence against women and girls in Liberia

Report
UN Women

“This is a good way to mark the start of the 16 Days,” said Mahmoud Koroma, Programme Associate at UN Women, a co-organizer of the event. “As UN staff members, it is important to reflect on the role that men can play to prevent violence against women and girls. We need to understand that gender based violence is not only a women’s issue, but we are all responsible if we don’t speak out” he continues.

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UNHCR assists 16,000 Ivorian refugees in their return to Côte d'Ivoire in 2013

MONROVIA, Liberia, 26 November, 2013 (UNHCR):The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Liberia has assisted 16,232 Ivorian refugees to voluntarily return to Côte d'Ivoire this year. The number of refugees repatriated in 2013 is twice the combined total of about 8,000 Ivorian refugees repatriated in 2011 and 2012.

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Muslim and Christian leaders speak out against sexual violence in Liberia

MONROVIA, Liberia, 20 November 2013 - Church bells tolled and moazins in mosques called out for salaat (prayer) at noon today, as Liberians observed a minute of silence and prayer for every child who has suffered of rape, and committed themselves to protect children against violence.

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President Sirleaf Officially Launches Palava Hut Program; Ivorian President Ouattara Graces Occasion, Presents US$10,000 to Assist Work of Human Rights Commission

Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has officially launched the National Palava Hut Program meant to promote and consolidate lasting peace and harmony throughout Liberia.

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Liberian President Commends UNHCR’s Repatriation Efforts

MONROVIA, Liberia, 14 October, 2013 (UNHCR): Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has commended the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for its humanitarian efforts in assisting thousands of Ivorian refugees living in Liberia to return home.

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Despite reforms, corruption rife among Liberian police

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IRIN

MONROVIA, 11 October 2013 (IRIN) - A decade of efforts to reform the Liberia National Police (LNP) has resulted in an increasingly professional police force, yet abusive behaviour, a culture of impunity, and endemic corruption continue to erode the force's credibility, according to researchers. As a result, many Liberians fear the LNP rather than depend on it for protection.

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Prosecutor welcomes UN-backed court’s decision to uphold Charles Taylor conviction

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UN News Service

26 September 2013 – The Prosecutor of the United Nations-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) today welcomed the court’s decision to uphold the conviction of former Liberian President Charles Taylor for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Mr. Taylor was convicted in April 2012 on 11 counts for crimes committed during Sierra Leone’s decade-long civil war and subsequently sentenced to 50 years in prison.

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Security Council, Adopting Resolution 2116 (2013), Renews Mandate of Mission in Liberia until September 2014, Launching Second Phase of Drawdown

SC/11125

Security Council
7033rd Meeting (PM)

Commending the people and Government of Liberia on their enduring commitment to peace and initiation of reforms, the Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission in the country (UNMIL) for one year, until 30 September 2014, while authorizing implementation of the second phase of reduction of the Mission’s military component by 1,129 personnel by that date.

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Past shackles Liberia's girl soldiers

CLAIR MACDOUGALL

"What happened to all the girls who fought in Liberia's brutal civil war and are now grown-ups? How do they get on with their lives?"

Mary Goll is asleep in a white plastic chair. Around her, in the modest bar by the sea that she owns, the sandy ground is flecked with cigarette butts and shiny cracker wrappers glinting in the dull morning light.