On November 12, 2015, the Obama Administration issued an EO terminating economic sanctions against Liberia. The sanctions were originally imposed by a July 2004 EO in response to the policies of Liberia’s then-president, Charles Taylor, who was sentenced to 50 years in prison in 2012 for his role in atrocities committed in neighboring Sierra Leone during its civil war in the 1990s. The EO notes Liberia’s progress in promoting democracy and institutional development, as well as the conviction of Charles Taylor, as the grounds for terminating the sanctions.

See the Executive Order and coverage in Reuters for additional information.