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Liberian courts crack down on officials trying to stop illegal timber exports, as impunity in forest sector grows
By: International NGOs
Published: January 15, 2023
Countries: Liberia
Document type: Statement
Document ID: 9472
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Liberian courts crack down on officials trying to stop illegal timber exports, as impunity in forest sector grows

It is with alarm that we – international NGOs with longstanding interests in Liberia – have learned of recent attempts by Liberia’s Courts to arrest key staff in the country’s Forestry Development Authority (FDA), who were carrying out their jobs verifying that timber exported from the country is legally sourced. This means it meets the requirements laid down in Liberia’s legal framework, ensuring that revenues are paid, and benefits shared with local communities.

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