Liberia Launches National Action Plan Against the Ebola


 

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf addressing the Nation in Monrovia on the National Plan to Combat Ebola

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf addressing the Nation in Monrovia on the National Plan to Combat Ebola

In continuation of Government’s efforts to combat the Ebola Viral Disease that has engulfed the country, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has launched the National Action Plan presented to the National Task Force on Ebola by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in partnership with the World Health Organization, though by no means exhaustive. Continue reading

19 Millio People Unknowingly HIV Positive Says UNAIDS Report


GENEVA, 16 July 2014—A new report by UNAIDS shows that 19 million of
the 35 million people living with HIV globally do not know their
HIV-positive status.

“Whether you live or die should not depend on access to an HIV test,”
said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS. “Smarter scale-up is
needed to close the gap between people who know their HIV status and
people who don’t, people who can get services and people who can’t and
people who are protected and people who are punished.” Continue reading

Liberia, Nigeria Sign Five Cooperation Agreements


The Inaugural Session of the Nigeria-Liberia Joint Commission has ended in Abuja with the signing of five agreements for cooperation between the two countries.

Liberia’s Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan signed the Joint Communiqué on behalf of Liberia while Nigeria’s Minister of State II Nuruddeen Muhammad singed on behalf of the Federal Government

Liberia’s Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan signed the Joint Communiqué on behalf of Liberia while Nigeria’s Minister of State II Nuruddeen Muhammad singed on behalf of the Federal Government

Liberia’s Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan signed the Joint Communiqué on behalf of Liberia while Nigeria’s Minister of State II Nuruddeen Muhammad singed on behalf of the Federal Government at a ceremony held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abuja, Nigeria on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Continue reading

UN, Govt. Launch New Anti-Violence Against Women Campaign In Monrovia


UN and Liberian government officials launching the campaign

UN and Liberian government officials launching the campaign

On Tuesday July 15, 2014, two of the UN agencies, the Joint Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) and the UN Peacekeeping Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) in collaboration with the Government of Liberia (GOL), through the Ministry of Gender and Development (MOGD)-SGBV Joint Program, launched a new campaign in Monrovia named: “Shining the Light on ending violence against women” and empowering them to remain free from HIV. Continue reading

Ellen Makes Over 40 Appointments In Government


President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 made over 40 additional appointments in continuation with her nomination of officials to positions in government.

Individuals were named to the Judiciary, Ministries of Finance and Development Planning, Transport, Labor, Foreign Affairs, Commerce and Industry, State for Presidential Affairs and the General Services Agency. Continue reading

Journalist Case Shelved Again


Lawyers and several journalists of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) as well as sympathizers were disappointed Tuesday after they spent at least an hour at the Temple of Justice to hear the case between Deputy Police boss AB Kromah and Journalist Octavin Williams of the Nation Times Newspaper.

 Octavin was arrested last week and bundled up in jail for reportedly driving a vehicle with a foreign license plate. He was charged last Friday with multiple offenses including simple assault, disorderly conduct and driving an undocumented vehicle after he had spent two nights behind bars.

 Charged Friday, Williams and his lawyers were expected in court Monday for pretrial hearing, but the hearing was pushed to Tuesday. Unfortunately, on Tuesday, July 08, 2014, the hearing failed, when the complainant, Kromah, was absent from court.

 Many of the journalists who turned out at the court expressed disenchantment in the “failure” of the court to hear the case and especially scorned the absence of Kromah.

 Kromah is reported to have been in Nimba County on “duty”, but one legal mind said he would have sent one of his deputies to Nimba since he has a case he had filed.

 The PUL has since described Octavin’s arrest as an “act of harassment” and “intimidation.”

 “This was shocking and makes one to believe that the state is not serious to press charges against the journalists who they kept in jail for 48 hours,” said journalist Jallah Grayfield, PUL Vice President.

 

“This is an intimidation and harassment in capital letter by the police,” he continued. “I am very appalled and flabbergasted that this government [which] professes to respect and protect press freedom will begin to arrest and detain journalists for free expression and malice.”

The next day of the case remains unknown, but some PUL members are suggesting that if nothing happens in 10 days, counting from last Friday (July 4), a lawsuit should be filed against the complainant instead.

X-raying Liberia’s Anti-Drug War: The Challenges, Progress & Prospects


By D. Kaihenneh Sengbeh

 

Hundreds of kilograms of drugs being burnt during last year’s International Day Against Illicit Drug Trafficking and Abuse outside Monrovia

Hundreds of kilograms of drugs being burnt during last year’s International Day Against Illicit Drug Trafficking and Abuse outside Monrovia

An unimpeachable milestone has been made. There’s no debate about it! Liberia has made another history, with the passing of the country’s first-ever anti-drug law. It’s a victory, but it’s just the beginning and would remain meaningless unless and until the law is applied to the letter—to minimize, if not eliminate, drug trafficking and abuse fast destroying the country’s boyish population.

 Submitted by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf early 2014, the Legislature passed the “Controlled Drug and Substance Act” as well as an amendment to the Drugs Enforcement Agency (DEA), giving the entity more power in raiding the country of narcotic drugs and other harmful substances. Continue reading

Briefing and Consultations on the UN Office in West Africa


The Council will have a briefing and consultations today (8 July) on the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA). The head of UNOWA and the Secretary-General’s Special Representative to West Africa, Said Djinnit, will brief. The Council may adopt a press statement following the meeting.

While the Secretary-General’s latest 26 June report on UNOWA (S/2014/442) covers the full range of the office’s activities and the challenges facing the region, members will likely be particularly interested in discussing with Djinnit the Boko Haram crisis. Continue reading

Govt, Partners Finalize Liberia’s HIV Strategic Plan


Stakeholders discussing the country's six year AIDS strategic plan

Stakeholders discussing the country’s six year AIDS strategic plan

The Government of Liberia, through the National AIDS Commission (NAC), and the National AIDS/STIs Control Program (NACP) in collaboration with the United Nations System and civil society organizations in Liberia have finalized a technical review and validation of the National Strategy Plan (NSP) 2015-2020 on HIV & AIDS.

The NSP is aimed at mobilizing resources to finance the national HIV and AIDS response, providing treatment, care and support to address the welfare of people living with HIV over the next six years. Continue reading

Implementing Liberia’s TRC recommendations: Stakeholders Reflect Five Years Later


On 30 June 2009, at the end of a three-year process in which Liberians of all walks of life were engaged,  Liberia’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) released its Consolidated Final Report.

“Five years after the release of the TRC report, it is important to review progress in implementing its recommendations”, said Ms. Karin Landgren, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Liberia and Head of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). Continue reading