From 1989 to 2003, Liberia was gripped by two brutal civil wars – fuelled in part by what are now commonly referred to as ‘blood diamonds’ – leading to the prosecution of former president and rebel leader, Charles Taylor, on war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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GCCT members from Liberia

1) Movement Against Violence and Impunity in Africa

MAVIA’s human rights education projects serve to energize and motivate communities to recognize human rights as a powerful tool for social action. Read more…


As a child, Rabbie played in the alleyways by his home on Benson Street, one of Monrovia’s main thoroughfares and the site of fierce fighting during the civil war. Photo by Cameron Zohoori, published under a Creative Commons License.