Charles Taylor Is a No-Show for Trial at The Hague

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Former Liberian President Charles Taylor faces a long list of war crimes before the UN's Special Court for Sierra Leone. His gruesome list of crimes includes terrorism, murder, rape, sexual slavery, the use of child soldiers, abductions and forced labor, and looting. Taylor, once one of the most feared men in West Africa, is accused with fomenting civil war in his own country and in neighboring Sierra Leone. He is the first African head of state to face justice at an international tribunal and, today at The Hague, he boycotted the first day of his trial.  Elyse Keppler of Human Rights Watch the day’s proceedings.



  • Elyse Keppler - Counsel with Human Rights Watch's International Justice Program


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