Fighting in Liberia continues to have severe consequences for the civilian population. In late August, 2500 people arrived in Jenne Manna camp, having fled fighting in Lofa county. MSF continues to treat cases of severe malnutrition and diarrhea.

With the United Nations' embargo on Liberian diamonds impinging on revenues, the country's ruling elite has turned to Liberia's maritime registry to fund the war in neighbouring Sierra Leone.

The Press Union of Liberia (PUL) is becoming increasingly concerned about the apparent unending paralysis of the judicial system as a result of the standoff between the House of Representatives and the Liberia National Bar Association.

In a new report issued today, ahead of a United Nations Security Council debate on Liberia this month, Amnesty International describes the continued brutal repression and use of torture, including rape, being carried out by Liberian security forces.

Any further restrictions imposed on Liberia would have more "negative impacts" on the country's already weakened economy, employment, social services and government revenue, a panel of UN experts said.