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  Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD)
Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) is an insurgency group that seeks to build and sustain a stable democracy in the Republic of Liberia through the removal of the Taylor government.
LURD was formed in 1999 by Liberian refugees in West Africa led by Sekou Conneh, and is the largest insurgency group in the state.
LURD was supported by Guinea from the outset, and has received the tacit support of Britain and the United States.
www.globalsecurity.org /military/world/para/lurd.htm   (621 words)

 A Look at LURD's Objectives and Goals   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
LURD is committed to the principles of national reconciliation and unification, and the ideals of constitutional democracy, such as the respect for fundamental rights.
LURD is determined to have Charles Taylor removed from state power so as to halt his constant assault on the constitution, including the abuse of power and the misuse of authority to stifle press freedom and individual rights.
Liberians, having languished as refugees and displaced persons for over ten years, and wanting to be repatriated and resettled in a democratic Liberia, have decided to form themselves into LURD to bring all necessary pressures to bear on the Taylor-led government to immediately resign from state power or be removed by all means necessary.
www.copla.org /aboutlurd.htm   (936 words)

 Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) was a rebel group in Liberia that had been active since 1999.
A transitional government headed by Gyude Bryant was established on October 14, and it included many representatives of LURD, most notably one of its founders, George Dweh, as speaker of parliament.
In January 2004, LURD was divided by a power struggle between its chairman, Sekou Conneh, and his wife Aisha Conneh, who is an adviser to the President of Guinea, Lansana Conté.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Liberians_United_for_Reconciliation_and_Democracy   (476 words)

 Archdiocese of Denver - DCR - World/Nation
The accord appeared to be in trouble Aug. 17 when representatives of the rebel group Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy, commonly known as LURD, reneged on a previous promise and insisted on holding the vice presidency of the transitional government.
LURD and the other rebel group, the Movement for Democracy in Liberia, agreed to disarm once a sufficient number of West African peacekeepers were in place.
Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy leaders were back at the Sant'Egidio headquarters in Rome in early August, promising they would begin withdrawing their troops from Monrovia when West African peacekeepers arrived and Taylor went into exile.
www.archden.org /dcr/news.php?e=39&s=1&a=937   (602 words)

 The Civil War in Liberia
As fighting with the LURD rebels spread and moved south, there were credible reports that government forces, especially the ATU, as well as members of the Lorma ethnic group continued to harass, intimidate, detain, and kill members of the Mandingo ethnic group and other suspected LURD sympathizers.
On 22 May 2003 the United States called on all combatants, including the Government of Liberia and those calling themselves "Liberians United for Reconciliation and Development" (LURD) and "Movement for Democracy in Liberia" (MODEL), to cease their campaigns of violence, and to spare the lives and property of innocent civilians.
The rebel Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) were encamped at the gates of Monrovia, and their splinter group, MODEL, was bivouacked in the Southeast of the country.
www.bong-town.com /Bong_Town/Liberia/1997-2003.html   (3389 words)

 The Liberian Mandingo Association of New York
Liberian President Charles Taylor's June 4, 2003, declaration of intention to step down from the Liberian presidency was the basis for LURD's decision to sign the June 17, 2003, ceasefire agreement that should still be in effect.
LURD comprises the sixteen ethnicities of Liberia, therefore it is inconceivable for one to talk about who heads the organization and from which tribe.
LURD leadership was demcratically elected on a "one man, one vote" basis where the corps of leaders were put into offices.To insinuate then that because the National Chairman is a Mandingo does not augur well for the Liberian people's struggle for a unified and democratic Liberia.
www.limany.org /lurd.html   (2600 words)

 RedOrbit NEWS | Liberian Rebels, Gov't Sign Peace Accord
The Liberian government and rebels signed a peace accord Monday to end a three-year insurgency that toppled warlord-president Charles Taylor.
The northern-based Liberians United group launched their insurgency in 1999, and were joined late last year by the Movement for Democracy in Liberia, based on the Ivory Coast border.
Liberians and the international community have held out hope that Taylor's departure, and a promised U.N. peace force, will make a difference this time.
www.redorbit.com /modules/news/tools.php?tool=print&id=12227   (402 words)

 Making a Case for United States military intervention in Liberia - Minnesota Daily
United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan and Britain's ambassador to the United Nations, Sir Jeremy Greenstock, have described the United States as "the nation that everyone would think would be the natural candidate" to lead an intervention force to Liberia.
Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy, one of two rebel groups battling to unseat President Taylor is dominated by members of the Mandingo ethnic group, a staunch supporter of President Doe.
Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy's vice-president is Chayee Doe, younger brother of the late president, who was tortured to death in September 1990, by a splinter group of Taylor's National Patriotic Front of Liberia.
www.mndaily.com /articles/2003/07/21/6203   (1300 words)

 LURD's Nov. 2, 2002 Press Release: Getting Together for Peace- on saharavillage.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
And we say this with the foreknowledge that some members of the Liberian opposition parties and notable Liberians of other persuasions had convened conferences as a means of settling the Liberian crisis.
All we have accused Taylor of is murder of Liberians and the forced amputation of the limbs of Sierra Leoneans.
It was the United Nations, following the leads provided by the United States and Great Britain, that undertook the massive efforts of documenting how Charles Taylor helped the terrorist group Al Qaeda hide their assets through rough diamonds mined in Sierra Leone and transshipped through Liberia to crooked dealers abroad.
www.saharavillage.com /press-release/LURD/pllurd110202.htm   (1318 words)

 Letter to LURD on Child Soldiers (Human Rights Watch Press release, )
The commitments made by LURD are particularly encouraging given the increased exploitation of children as soldiers in West Africa in recent months.
Demobilization of children from LURD's forces and their successful rehabilitation and reintegration is not only in the best interests of the children involved, but will also help establish a positive example for other parties to conflict in the region.
We encourage LURD to fully implement its new commitments as soon as possible, and to ensure that in accordance with international standards, your forces refrain not only from using children in combat roles, but also from using boys and girls in non-combatant roles such as porters, cooks, intelligence gatherers.
www.hrw.org /press/2003/07/liberia0730-ltr.htm   (381 words)

 Liberia's 1986 Constitution
Accordingly, the Parties hereby request the United Nations in collaboration with ECOWAS, the AU and the ICGL to facilitate, constitute, and deploy a United Nations Chapter VII force in the Republic of Liberia to support the transitional government and to assist in the implementation of this Agreement.
A Truth and Reconciliation Commission shall be established to provide a forum that will address issues of impunity, as well as an opportunity for both the victims and perpetrators of human rights violations to share their experiences, in order to get a clear picture of the past to facilitate genuine healing and reconciliation.
With the exit of the President Charles Taylor of the Republic of Liberia, the GOL shall be headed by the Vice President for an interim period.
www.tlcafrica.com /cpa-2003.htm   (5439 words)

 BBC News | AFRICA | Liberia rebels kill 15
Liberian rebels of the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy, or Lurd, have killed at least 15 people in the north-west of the country.
In one incident a truck travelling with an unspecified number of civilians was ambushed on their way to the timber station of a logging company.
There are reports of fighting between the Lurd rebels and government troops in the Zorzor district on Liberia's northern border with Guinea.
news.bbc.co.uk /2/low/africa/1886218.stm   (194 words)

 Liberian rebel army closes in on Monrovia / Advancing insurgents demand that elected president resign
The rebels, who call themselves Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy, said they had advanced as close to Monrovia as they have since they started the war in 2000 to oust Taylor.
Liberian forces, meanwhile, fended off rebel attacks near a key bridge on the road to the capital.
Liberian refugees, who have lived there for years, are now fleeing back home, terrorized by the very Ivorian neighbors who once welcomed them.
www.sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2003/02/06/MN184845.DTL   (410 words)

 National Transitional Legislative Assembly of Liberia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The NTLA was created as part of an August 2003 peace agreement that ended a civil war between government forces of President Charles Taylor and two rebel groups - Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) and the Movement for Democracy in Liberia (MODEL).
It also called for the creation of a broad-based transitional government that would rule for two years, ending with the holding of elections in October 2005 and the installation of a democratically elected government by January 2006.
George Dweh, a founding member of LURD and Eddington Varmah, a Justice Minister in the Taylor government were elected unopposed as Speaker and Deputy Speaker in October 2003.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/National_Transitional_Legislative_Assembly_of_Liberia   (388 words)

 Focus on peace and national reconciliation conference   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
The main rebel group, Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD), and leading opponents of Taylor, including former interim head of state Amos Sawyer and political activist Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said they did not attend because they could not trust Taylor to guarantee their security inside the country.
According to the plans for the latest peace and reconciliation conference, delegates were to form groups - guided by consultants - to address thematic areas like economic development, peace and security, history and governance.
LURD spokesman Charles Bennie maintained, for his part, that Taylor was the main problem in Liberia and that the war was set to continue.
www.irinnews.org /print.asp?ReportID=29617   (1349 words)

 Liberia - Sierra Leone - LURD - RUF - Worldpress.org
But Liberians who have fled into Sierra Leone say the ATU is sustaining serious casualties at the hands of the advancing rebels.
Liberian army incursions into Sierra Leonean territory could easily prove the match that ignites the volatile situation within the country.
Two days later, Togba-Nah Tipoteh, an official with the opposition Liberian People’s Party, said he had received a letter from U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Walter Kansteiner urging the government and the rebels to reach a cease-fire for humanitarian reasons, and to avoid destabilizing the region.
www.worldpress.org /print_article.cfm?article_id=793&dont=yes   (1375 words)

 An Appeal To The Liberians United For Reconciliation And Democracy (LURD)
The emergence of LURD on the political scene was supposedly to oppose the abuses committed by the NPP government.
The vast majority of Liberians do not know, who or what LURD is, who are its leaders or, for that matter, what are their plans if they succeed in unseating Mr.
Liberians are suffering a severe form of war fatigue and certainly need to get back to the business of living, your role in bringing about some relief for our people could be rewarded if LURD decides to stop prosecuting this war and try their hand instead at the ballot box.
www.theperspective.org /mdcl_lurd.html   (978 words)

 July 29, 2003
Kofi Annan, the United Nations secretary general, warned rebels that they were likely to be barred from any future leadership role in the country because of their reckless attacks on civilians.
The Movement for Democracy in Liberia, which until recently had largely heeded cease-fire pledges, said government forces had provoked the offensive on Buchanan with attacks on rebel positions outside the city in recent days.
The Liberian defense minister, Daniel Chea, contacted by telephone, told The Associated Press that rebels of the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy had also taken the northern town of Gbarnga, Mr.
www.genocidewatch.org /LiberiaJuly29CityCaptured.htm   (564 words)

 BBC NEWS | Africa | Profile: Liberia's rebels
And it is clear that history is repeating itself, for many Lurd fighters and leaders are former enemies of Mr Taylor from the 1990s civil war, which his 1997 election was supposed to have brought to an end.
Lurd is dominated by members of the Mandingo ethnic group, who also formed most of the Ulimo-K faction during the 1990s.
Lurd's vice-president is Chayee Doe, younger brother of former President Samuel Doe, who was tortured to death in 1990, by a splinter group of Mr Taylor's National Patriotic Front of Liberia.
news.bbc.co.uk /2/hi/africa/2979586.stm   (619 words)

 Hassan Bility
Liberian journalist and human rights defender Hassan Bility was arrested in Monrovia on June 24, 2002, by two men in plain clothes believed to be members of the Criminal Investigation Division of the Liberia National Police.
Hassan Bility had been arrested, questioned and detained by the Liberian government twice previously, and the newspaper he edited, The Analyst, was twice closed because articles he'd published were deemed critical of the government.
In early June, fighting between the armed opposition, Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD), and government forces intensified dramatically in and around the capital Monrovia.
www.amnestyusa.org /askamnesty/bility200307.html   (424 words)

 Online NewsHour: Liberia's Uneasy Peace | Rebel Groups Fighting Taylor's Government | PBS
LURD's stated mission is to force Charles Taylor from power and to establish a sustainable democracy in Liberia.
"LURD is determined to have Charles Taylor removed from state power so as to halt his constant assault on the constitution, including the abuse of power and the misuse of authority to stifle press freedom and individual rights," the mission statement reads.
Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf discusses the recent election and challenges ahead for the West African nation.
www.pbs.org /newshour/bb/africa/liberia/rebel_groups.html   (879 words)

 The Civil War in Liberia
Liberians have left the comfort of their homes to become displaced people all over the world and a group calling itself "Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy" (LURD), seized the opportunity to appoint and anoint themselves as the new saviors of the Liberian people.
Just like their parent organization, Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy, all this new group has going for it is a nice sounding name and acronym.
LURD and the UN sanctions cannot be the solutions, because they shut the door to any real peaceful change.
www.bong-town.com /Bong_Town/Liberia/LURD.html   (2723 words)

 Fleeing Liberians fear ethnic reprisals, UN says   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
They had apparently fled after Liberian government forces pulled out and LURD fighters, who are predominately from the Mandingo tribe, took full control of the area.
LURD and another rebel group, the Movement for Democracy in Liberia (MODEL) have continued to clash with government fighters in the interior of the country, in violation of a peace agreement signed on 18 August.
There are at least 116,000 Liberian refugees in southern Guinea, of whom 67,000 live in four camps.
www.irinnews.org /print.asp?ReportID=36773   (587 words)

 New Page 1
The Liberian Justice Minister told hundreds of citizens who called on him at his residence to express sympathy for the losses he sustained and the burning of his home on Duport Road during the recent Monrovia disturbances.
The LURD letter also went on, "He has attempted to abort the October 31st schedule for the official end of the disarmament process and the desolation of former warring faction by calling for fresh elections for a new leadership of LURD with the aim of disrupting the peace process at this delicate stage".
The breakaway leadership of the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) headed by Kabenah Janeh, Justice Minister in the Transitional government is calling for the removal of Charles Gyude Bryant, Chairman of the Transitional Government of Liberia, who is currently in the United States on official duty.
www.sinoetimes.com /News.htm   (3654 words)

 Disunity in the Hierarchy of the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD)
Disunity in the Hierarchy of the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD)
He is one person on a long list of LURD commanders who suffered and continue to suffer from the constant harassments and witch-hunting that have gone unquestioned and unpunished in LURD until now.
The NEC and the Elders' Committee must demand the immediate release of Gen. Jolloh because the implications of his detention and possible death in prison are difficult to contemplate or predict.
www.theperspective.org /joewylie_lurd.html   (653 words)

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