Liberia. According to
Countryaah reports, planned municipal elections, which would have
been the first since 1985, had until now been canceled for
cost reasons. The Supreme Court authorized the president to
appoint mayors in consultation with local politicians.
In March, however, the first census was carried out since
1984; of great importance for community planning during the
reconstruction work after years of civil war.
The suites of the war are still constantly reminded,
despite some financial progress. Above all, increased crime
and violence were reported. The UNMIL police force trained
by the UN force received criticism for low work ethic and
poor management. In September, when the UN Security Council
extended UNMIL's mandate for another year, it gradually
decided to cut its military force from provisionally about
13,000 men to 10,000, but at the same time an increase in
the number of UN police officers from 605 to 845 was
approved. to strengthen support for the Liberian police.
In March, the government set up a special court for
violence against women. Despite the sharpening of the
penalty for rape in 2005, the number of reported cases has
continued to increase. About half of the rapes are estimated
to hit girls aged 10-15.
"Chuckie" Taylor, son of former President Charles Taylor,
was charged with torture during the year accused of torture
during his time as commander of a semi-military force in
1999–2003. His case was the first under a 1994 US law that
allows prosecution of U.S. citizens for torture carried out
abroad. He was found guilty in October and would receive his
sentence in 2009.
Charles Taylor himself was on trial in Sierra Leone's
Special War Crimes Court. The trial took place for security
reasons in The Hague in the Netherlands and progressed