The Foundation for International Dignity (FIND) has called on the international community to invest in Liberia’s 2017 general and presidential elections in order to keep the country’s progress of peace and stability on track.
Monrovia, June 17, 2016 – The Commissioner General of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) Mrs. Elfrieda Stewart Tamba has applauded the contribution of the Swedish Government to the development of Liberia, including the Liberia Revenue Authority.
Sweden has been helping with Liberia’s postwar development program in several areas including strengthening of the financial sector though its development arm—Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA).
“The Swedish government has been good partners to Liberia….especially in your goal to reduce poverty,” Commissioner General Tamba stated recently when she led an LRA delegation to the Swedish Embassy in Monrovia. The visit was a follow-up to the one paid to the LRA by the Swedish Ambassador to Liberia Ms. Lena Nordström in late January.
The Commissioner General acknowledged the Swedish Government’s goal to support poverty reduction and indicated that the more private sector trade is improved in the country, the better it will be for Liberia and Liberians.
“We have come to concretize our relationship with the Swedish Government,” the country’s chief tax collector said, adding, “Though we have benefited from the Swedish Government through the SIDA basket, we come to seek a more direct Technical Assistance from the Swedish Government.”
Commissioner General then presented an official letter requesting technical support to enable the LRA to achieve its strategic objectives and outcomes, and to establish partnership with the Swedish Revenue Authority.
The Swedish envoy indicated that her government intends to help people living in poverty better their lives because it is part of Human Rights.
The head of Development Cooperation at the Embassy added that Sweden’s support focus on Strengthening Democracy, Gender Equality, and increasing respect for human rights.
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.
Twenty-five journalists, predominantly females, will Monday (May 18) commence a three-day intensive Gender Sensitive Reporting training in Monrovia, the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) disclosed Friday in Monrovia.
The PUL is convening the Gender Sensitive Reporting Workshop, on behalf of the West African Journalists Association (WAJA), and the Norwegian Journalists Union, as part of a broader Women Reporting Women Project.
The workshop is a regional initiative, aimed at improving the quality of gender sensitive reporting that seeks to encourage and enhance in-depth analysis and debates on issues concerning women, a statement said.
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”