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International timber company DLH accused of funding Liberian war - Global Witness - Greenpeace - Amis de la Terre - Sherpa - 18 November 2009
L’entreprise forestière internationale DLH accusée de financer la guerre au Libéria - Global Witness - Greenpeace - Amis de la Terre - Sherpa - 18 novembre 2009
Leaders of diamond-fuelled terror campaign convicted by Sierra Leone’s Special Court - Global Witness - 26 February 2009
IMF Failing Liberia - Africa Action - Eurodad - 21 October 2007
Le gouvernement n’agit guère pour atténuer les souffrances d’un passé effroyable - Amnesty International - 15 février 2007
Government doing little to ease pain of haunted past - Amnesty International - 15 February 2007
CEDE, AFRODAD et EURODAD demandent l’annulation immédiate de la dette du Libéria - AFRODAD - Eurodad - 13 février 2007
Africa Action Urges Cancellation of Liberia’s Illegitimate Debt - Africa Action - 7 February 2007
Last chance for Mittal Steel to renegotiate a fair deal for Liberia? - Global Witness - 29 November 2006
Que compte faire l’UE concernant le Libéria ? - Eurodad - 17 novembre 2006
Africa Action Calls on World Bank to Cancel Liberia’s Debt - Africa Action - 18 October 2006
Mittal Steel’s US$900 million deal in Liberia is inequitable, says new Global Witness report - Global Witness - 2 October 2006
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Multinationales - Pillage des ressources : Open Statement to the Security Council details the critical need for the maintenance of sanctions on Liberian diamonds and renewal and extension of the mandate of MONUC
Dernier(s) document(s) :
Heavy Mittal? A State within a State: The inequitable Mineral Development Agreement between the Government of Liberia and Mittal Steel Holdings NV - by global Witness - 2 October 2006 (PDF - 1.7 Mb)
“Ballots not bullets”! - Will human rights be respected in Liberia? By FIDH and Liberia Watch for Human Rights (LWHR) - 9 January 2006 (PDF - 1006.2 kb)
Enterrer la hache - L’industrie forestière libérienne - moteur du désastre humanitaire du Liberia, menace pour la Sierra Leone. Un rapport de Global Witness - September 2002 (PDF - 1 Mb)
Debt Campaigners Call on G8 to Cancel Liberia’s Debts Now!
NGOs Say Delays Originated at 2005 G-8 Summit
7 June 2007
On the second day of the G8 summit, leading international debt cancellation advocacy groups issued a strong call that the debt deal G8 leaders negotiated two years ago has not solved the debt crisis of Liberia. The advocacy groups called on the G8 to take immediate action to cancel Liberia’s debt.
While the international community is moving to bring Liberian dictator Charles Taylor to justice for his crimes against humanity, the G8 is delaying the debt relief that Taylor´s victims urgently need to rebuild their war torn country.” Said Lancedell Mathews of the New African Research and Development Agency, a representative of the country’s platform of Development NGOs. “The G8 must cancel Liberia’s debt now.”
Two years ago at Gleneagles, the G8 committed to delivering extra debt relief for heavily indebted poor countries. At the time, the G8 were aware they were cutting into resources set aside for countries like Liberia that were yet to enter the tortuous course of their debt relief mechanisms. And yet, this is exactly what is happening in the case of Liberia as donors still squabble as to how to clear Liberia’s arrears to the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the African Development Bank.
In 2004, Liberia emerged from civil war. Today, with an annual budget of only US$130 million, President Ellen Sirleaf Johnson and Finance Minister Antoinette Sayeh are trying to free Liberia from the its external debt. Over the past two decades, Liberia accumulated an incredible US$3.7 billion in foreign debt, US$1.3 billion of which was provided by the World Bank and the African Development Fund and the remaining US$2.4billion is owed to many creditor countries, including the US, Germany and South Africa.
“These debts are clearly unsustainable and must be written off”, said Gail Hurley of EURODAD, the Brussels based European Network on Debt and Development. “The Liberian people are not responsible for this debt, they did not profit from it and they can not repay it,” she continued.
The loans were contracted by a series of repressive regimes starting from the 1970s and leading up to Charles Taylor, President of the country prior to 2003.
“These loans were used to finance the extraction of the country’s resources like iron ores and diamonds, the benefits of which went to investors, creditors and brutal regimes, not the people of Liberia,” said Lidy Nacpil of the Jubilee South network. “The Liberian people suffered countless Human Rights violations like torture, forceful displacements, physical mutilation. The debts are clearly illegitimate and must be written off immediately,” she continued.
“The IMF and World Bank must overcome some of their bureaucratic hurdles, to facilitate the writing off of their claims against Liberia immediately,” says Peter Lanzet of the German debt cancellation network erlassjahr.de. To speed up the development efforts of the country the bilateral debt must be cancelled outside the recent debt cancellation initiatives offered to a list of the 40 poorest and most heavily indebted countries. Of these 40, 22 countries have so far been able to get relief from it. Others could not fulfil the conditions of the International Monetary Fund and therefore, have not been included. To subject the peoples of Liberia to the same terms and conditions is to deny that Liberia’s creditors bear a considerable part of the responsibility for fuelling Liberia’s suffering and Civil War.
Erlassjahr.de* Jubilee South * Jubilee USA Network * Jubilee Debt Campaign (UK) AFRODAD * EURODAD * CADTM
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