Charles Taylor is arrested and brought to Sierra Leone to face charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

© 2006 United Nations

Since 1998, Human Rights Watch researchers extensively documented serious human rights violations committed by all warring factions in Sierra Leone, and pressed for the perpetrators of the crimes to be held accountable. Human Rights Watch maintained a field office in Freetown, Sierra Leone, from 1999 to 2002.

While Taylor was in Nigeria, Human Rights Watch actively pressed for his surrender to face trial. Human Rights Watch worked with a coalition of international and West African civil society groups—the Campaign Against Impunity—toward this end.

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Key Documents:

Liberia: New President Must Act Now on Taylor

U.N. Rights Chief Should Call for Taylor’s Surrender

Nigeria: Comply With Liberia’s Request on Taylor

Letter to Liberian President Johnson-Sirleaf Urging Prompt Action to Ensure Taylor's Surrender

Nigeria: Obasanjo Must Act Now on Taylor

Nigeria: Surrender Taylor to War Crimes Court