Liberia. The unrest in Northwest Liberia intensified and the
fighting left at least 60,000 people homeless. According to
Countryaah website, the rebel
force Liberians united for reconciliation and democracy
(LURD) moved ever closer to the capital Monrovia. LURD was
believed to be largely veterans of the Civil War in the
In February, President Charles Taylor announced a state
of emergency when the Rebels stood just three miles from
Monrovia. In April, public meetings and demonstrations were
banned. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch accused
the authorities of committing grave protections against
civilians under the pretext of fighting the rebels. The
state of emergency was lifted in September, when the army
claimed to have forced the LURD to retreat.
In May, the UN Security Council extended its financial
sanctions against Liberia by one year. The sanctions include an
arms embargo, a halt to Liberian diamonds and a departure
ban for the country's leaders. The embargo was introduced in
2001 as punishment for Liberia's support for the rebel movement RUF in Sierra Leone.
In July, the World Postal Association and foreign
airlines stopped the postal service to and from Liberia after
many years of non-payment.