Liberian timber trade fuels regional insecurity

Publication - 1 May, 2003
Logging is a lucrative business in poverty-stricken Liberia and has long been one of the prime sources of government revenue. Following a United Nations ban on all diamond exports from Liberia in March 2001, logging has become the single largest source of export earnings for the Liberian government. The Liberian timber industry is involved in both environmental destruction and human rights abuses. These crimes include driving the destruction of Liberia´s remaining forests and facilitating illegal arms trafficking to Revolutionary United Front rebels in Sierra Leone and other rebel groups in Côte d´Ivoire.

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