The long running corruption case involving the Communications and Documentation Director at the Ministry of Public Works took a dramatic turn on Friday, July 10, 2015 at “Criminal Court C” with LACC investigator Abraham Sheriff telling the court that the LACC investigation found no evidence that Mr. Jesefu Morris Keita and Public Works Comptroller Abraham Samukai received any kickbacks from Mr. David Kortie. Continue reading “State Witness Vindicates Keita In Corruption Case…Says He Took No Bribe”
One of Liberia’s renowned human rights activists has called on the government of Liberia to take tougher actions against traditional Zoes and leaders who are engaged in the unlawful practice Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in in the country.
Mr. Roosevelt A.K. Woods, Executive Director of the Foundation for International Dignity (FIND), said Liberia is part of the global community that respects human rights and dignity, and cannot afford to keep practicing acts that are deemed inhumane, which the world is fighting against.
Woods said despite government’s pronouncement on the prohibition on the practice, local traditional Zoes are still engaged in FGM activvities in most parts of rural Liberia. “This act is inhumane and unacceptable,” Woods said. “It amounts to crimes against humanity.” Continue reading “FIND Calls FGM Practice ‘Crime Against Humanity’– Calls for Action In Liberia”
Geneva, 13 May 2015 – A few days before the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, ILGA, a human rights advocacy group launches at the Palais des Nations in Geneva the 10th edition of its annual report on State-Sponsored Homophobia, a world survey of laws: criminalisation, protection and recognition of same-sex love, authored this year by Aengus Carroll and Lucas Paoli Itaborahy.
“While in 2006 – said the Authors – 92 countries criminalised same-sex sexual acts between consenting adults, we now see this number falling down to 76 countries in 2015. However, the situation is still unacceptable: more than one-third of the world’s States consider same-sex sexual activity illegal. On the other hand, although 2013 saw an alarming rise in the number of States considering a new wave of criminalisation through “homosexual propaganda” laws, in fact only a small number actually implemented them.” Continue reading “ILGA Report: 76 Countries Declare Same-sex Sexual Acts Illegal– Criminalizing Countries Drop From 92 to 76”
Though she initially booted them out of government, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has directed that the three officials of the Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA) recently dismissed be “temporarily reinstated pending the fulfillment of certain conditions”, the Executive Mansion said Saturday. Continue reading “Ellen Backtracks On Dismissal Of LIPA Officials”
The Liberian Government has concluded investigation into the mysterious death of the late whistle-blower Cllr. Micheal Allison, revealing that there was no foul play in his death. Justice Minister Benedict Sannoh told a press conference in Monrovia Wednesday that Allison died of drowning, and released a startling revelation that the deceased was not a Liberian Citizen, but an American who led a dubious” life. Continue reading “Bomb Shell: Michael Allison Died From Drowning, Not a Liberia Citizen, Carried Fake Identities…Says Govt”
By Peter Quaqua, A Distant Friend
On May 3, 2012, while celebrating World Press Freedom Day, the Press Union of Liberia organized a debate between the University of Liberia and Stella Maris Polytechnic on the implementation of the Freedom of Information Act. The Union was honored to have three distinguished personalities served as panel of judges: Cllr. Michael Allison, Ms. Dehab Ghebreab, former Public Affairs Officers (PAO) at the US Embassy near Monrovia and Chris Simpson, formerly of the BBC. I recalled how Cllr. Allison was critical with his scores.
On February 13, 2015, Liberians in and out of the country were awakened to the mysterious death news of Cllr. Allison. The body of the British trained lawyer was found in underwear on a Monrovia beach, with cuts on the body suggesting foul play, while other accounts say he drowned. Continue reading “In Remembrance Cllr. Michael Alison: A Dead Hero in the Ellen’s Corruption Fight”
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has challenged public officials to either perform their duties and responsibilities in the interest of the state or quit public service.
She said during the last three years of her administration, she will leave no stone unturned to ensure that her government realizes its goals, adding, “as such any public official, irrespective of who it may be, will be dismissed from public service if he or she fails to perform to expectation.”
According to the Liberia News Agency, President Sirleaf proffered the challenge Thursday (Jan 15) at a program marking the induction into office of Justice Minister Benedict F. Sannoh at the Ministry of Justice in Monrovia. Continue reading “Ellen Sounds Dismissal Caveat”