May 6, 2012
War Crimes Trials Having Global Impact
Arthur Cyr, China Post
At the end of April, former President Charles Taylor of Liberia was formally convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity by an international Special Court established in The Hague, Holland. Taylor aided Sierra Leone rebel forces in carrying out bloody, brutal atrocities. Liberia under Taylor was rightly regarded as having a ruling regime that was corrupt and dangerous, both domestically and toward other countries. Liberia's current Pres. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf earlier spent more than a year in prison during the era of dictatorship, and Taylor once threatened to kill her. Her nickname “The Iron Lady” is inspired by her legendary determination and courage.