The transcripts of the trial of Charles Taylor, former President of Liberia. More…

There was a document - as I think Mr Munyard was explaining, in the history of Liberia there was a distinction made between the counties, which were the coastal areas of Liberia, and the hinterland territories, and the peoples of those areas had a different status which was broadly speaking the difference between a citizen and a subject. There were regulations drawn up by the government I believe in the 1920s, although there may well have been earlier versions, which I have seen in the government archives, and these were called administrative regulations for the use in the hinterland, or words to that effect. They were revised on various occasions I think most recently in 1949 and there were some provisions for forced labour, and all these things were abolished in 1963 and 1964 when the hinterland territories were absorbed into a single Liberian political or constitutional system.

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