Decision 2(59) on Liberia : Liberia. 08/14/2001.
A/56/18,para.481-2. (Decision)

Convention Abbreviation: CERD
Fifty-ninth session
30 July – 17 August 2001

Decision 2 (59) on Liberia

The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination,

Having considered the situation in Liberia under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination while also remaining seized of the situation in Liberia under its early warning and urgent action procedures,

Recalling the concerns expressed in its decision 3 (49) of 22 August 1996 on Liberia,

Regretting that the Government of Liberia has failed to submit even its initial report in accordance with article 9 of the Convention in the 25 years since it ratified the Convention in 1976,

Deeply concerned about credible reports of widespread violations in Liberia of the rights guaranteed under the Convention,

1. Considers the situation in Liberia to be extremely grave with respect to the implementation of the Convention;

2. Urges the Republic of Liberia to take immediate and effective measures to fulfil its obligations under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, including its reporting obligations under article 9;

3. Expresses its willingness to send one or more of its members to visit Liberia with a view to initiating a dialogue with the Government of Liberia and assisting it in fulfilling its obligations under the Convention.

1488th meeting
14 August 2001

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Geneva, Switzerland