Category: Human Rights

Rising Impunity and Injustice in Liberia: Shielding Rape & Sheltering Rapists

 A Letter to the United Nations Women August 9, 2018 Ms. Marie Goreth Nizigama Country Director UN Women H and G Plaza Sekou Toure Avenue UN Drive, Mamba Point Liberia, West Africa   Dear Ms. Nizigama:   With an innermost sense of grief and sympathy for a 13-year-old Liberian girl who bled profusely to death as a result of being gang-raped on July 21, 2018 in Maryland County by 3 adults, I find it essentially compelling to inform your office about this sad, shocking and disturbing episode – an episode that echoes a stressful memory and traumatic moment. Rape...

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Arguments Against An International Criminal Court in Liberia

Considering the many social, economic and political issues bearing down on the heels of Liberia’s President George Weah’s newly formed administration, establishing an international criminal court in Liberia is not only a bad idea at this time but one that will create political instability. Based on lessons learned from Sierra Leone, President Weah should tread with extreme caution before submitting to pressures from Western countries to establish an international criminal court in Liberia since the same court may be used to ensnare him and members of his administration on crimes of aggression. Liberia needs to strengthen its judicial system rather...

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Guinean Couple Charged with Forced labor of a young Guinean girl

FORT WORTH, TX – A Guinean couple, Mohamed Toure, 57, and Denise Cros-Toure, 57, of Ft. Worth, Texas, appeared in federal court in the Northern District of Texas on a criminal complaint charging them with arranging for a 5-year old West African girl to work in their home for over 16 years without pay and without any education. While these types of indentured servant arrangements are prevalent in Africa, the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution specifically prohibits both slavery and involuntary servitude. It is, perhaps, the only Constitutional amendment that dictates the behavior of private citizens as...

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U.S. imposes financial sanctions on the former President of the Gambia Yahya Jammeh

Washington – Over the last year, various departments and agencies of the United States Government have actively collected information from multiple sources—including the Intelligence Community, U.S. missions around the world, non-governmental organizations, and Congress—to support sanctions designations for individuals around the world. In the executive order, the President issued sanctions and visa restrictions on several persons around the world for human rights abuse or corruption. Simultaneously, the Department of the Treasury issued a number of designations targeting individuals and entities engaged in human rights abuse or corruption or supporting those sanctioned by the President. Yahya Jammeh (Jammeh), the former President...

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UN human rights expert launches official visit to assess freedom of expression in Liberia

PRESS RELEASE: The UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, David Kaye, is carrying out his first official visit to Liberia this week to assess the situation of freedom of expression and access to information in the country. “This visit will help me identify Liberia’s current challenges and suggest law and policy changes that will strengthen the right to freedom of expression,” said Kaye. “The constitution strongly protects freedom of expression, but there is a recognition that the legal and institutional frameworks need to be reformed for this guarantee to be meaningful in practice, both for individuals and the...

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When the dust settles, President Weah will deliver for Liberia

Liberia’s president George M. Weah leads a national cleanup campaign When citizens evaluate a president’s character, they tend to view him or her through a prism of immediacy.  In Liberia, millions of citizens are hoping that President Weah answers their wishes and aspirations by delivering what has not been provided in and by the previous administration. It is fair to acknowledge that President Weah and his government inherited a nation that is not only struggling financially and economically but one that is also damaged in various fabrics of the society. Today, there is a strange and unusual mindset that...

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Operation ADWENPA III: Child Traffickers Caught in INTERPOL West Africa Operation

Nearly 40 people either being smuggled or trafficked for illicit labor were identified and rescued during an INTERPOL-coordinated operation to strengthen border controls in West Africa. Many of those rescued were unidentified minors who were being taken to work in illegal gold mines in Guinea. Others were individuals who had paid smugglers to get them to Europe via Libya. The eight-day (5 – 12 October) Operation Adwenpa III involved more than 100 officers at 23 sites across key land border and airports in eight countries – Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Senegal, and Togo. More than...

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Global ‘False’ Witness Targets Nicaragua

Global Witness is a well-established environmental and human rights non-governmental organization based in Great Britain. As with several other very similar institutions, its stories frequently appear in the press as authoritative sources on international issues. Since the 1980s and, increasingly so, after the turn of the century, the status of NGOs as trustworthy and reliable information sources on foreign affairs has become increasingly unsound, flawed and on shaky ground as they have been more and more co-opted by personal interests and foreign governments to promote the Western elites’ neocolonial global policy agenda. Global false Witness in Nicaragua In the...

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