Arrest of A Liberian Citizen

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is dedicated to ensuring just and civilized treatment for all Liberia citizens imprisoned overseas. The Government stand ready to assist incarcerated citizens and their families within the limits of our authority and responsibilities in accordance with international law, domestic and foreign law.

Not Getting arrested overseas by:

Following the traditional rules, Laws and regulations of the country you are visiting or living is absolutely important to not being embarrassed, imprisoned. Maintaining the dignity/image of Liberia while traveling, visiting or living overseas is important. Learning about the laws in the country you are visiting or living which may be different from the laws, traditional rules and regulations of Liberia is crucial to understanding the environment of the country.  

If you are arrested overseas or know a Liberian who is:

Ask the prison authorities to notify the Liberian embassy or consulate You may also wish to reach out to the nearest Liberian embassy or consulate to let us know of arrest.  Contact information for Liberian Embassies and Consulates overseas can be found on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, http://www.mofa.gov.lr/public2/index.php

Consular Assistance to Liberian Prisoners:

When a Liberian citizen is arrested overseas, he or she may be confused and unsettled.  It is usually difficult because the person arrested is in unfamiliar surroundings, and may not know the local language, customs, or legal system.

 We can help:
  • Provide a list of local attorneys who speak English / France / Dutch
  • Contact family, friends, or employees of the detained Liberian citizen with their written permission
  • Visit the detained Liberian citizen regularly and provide materials where applicable.
  • Help ensure that prison officials are providing appropriate medical care for you
  • Provide a general overview of the local criminal justice process
  • Inform the detainee of local and Liberian based resources that may provide an assistant.

Establish a Trusted financial pathway so friends and family can transfer funds to imprisoned Liberian citizens, when permissible under prison regulations and where applicable.