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May 19, 2013
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Two Liberians have died in Senegalese jails in 2012 due to harsh prison conditions, and close to 40 others are lingering in jail awaiting trial, a Liberian embassy in Dakar has said.
The embassy is therefore urging Senegalese authorities to speed up the trial of Liberian citizens, complaining that many are being held in custody in parts of Senegal with no court dates announced.
Ex-British Prime Minister Tony Blair may have had a cordial reception from most Liberians during his recent visit to Monrovia, but he has come under fire from a Liberian MP for praises heaped on President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.
MP Bhofal Chambers thinks that Blair's praises were a "disservice to democracy".
A Liberian female journalist is among four international journalists who have received the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) 2012 awards for courageous reporting in defiance of violence and repression.
The three other journalists honoured are Mauri Konig of Brazil, jailed journalist Dhondup Wangehen of China and Azimjon Askarovof Kyrgyzstan.
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair says Liberia under President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has made progress in good governance and infrastructure, but warned that infrastructure would take time and there’s a need for a clear set of priorities.
Blair was speaking on Tuesday in Liberia, where he arrived to assess progress being made under his Africa Governance Initiative (AGI) program launched in the country almost two years ago.
The International charity, Starkey Hearing Foundation has embarked on a programme to screen and treat Liberian children with hearing defects.
Hundreds of mainly school kids have been taking advantage of the free services in the Liberian capital, Monrovia.
The Executive Director of the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), Abdul Tejan-Cole, has said post-war reconciliation must continue as a crucial element to sustaining peace in Liberia.
OSIWA was a major funder of Liberia’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) that looked into the causes, culprits and way forward in healing the wounds of the 14-year civil conflict that ended officially in 2003.
The transitional Justice Working Group in Liberia in collaboration with its partners Wednesday dedicated a palava hut to the memory of dozens of people massacred in two villages in central Liberia during the country’s civil war.
There was a mass execution of at least 500 residents and displaced people in Kpolokpala and Samay in Bong County in 1994 allegedly by the Liberia Peace Council, a rebel faction then led by George Boley.
A campaign has been mounted to collect one million signatures to stop the lower house of parliament from approving a bill strengthening gay rights in Liberia. The bill was recently approved by the Senate.
As part of the campaign, hundreds of people opposed to same sex marriage took to the streets of the Liberian capital, Monrovia, at the weekend to demonstrate their discontent.
Liberian women traders have for decades wielded enormous influence, both political and economic, carving for themselves a niche in the Liberian society.
Upon coming to office in 2006, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf established the Sirleaf Market Women’s Fund to provide services to thousands of women traders and thereby help countless families who count on their income.
The 29th General Assembly of the ECOWAS Brown Card Bureau opened Tuesday in the Liberian suburb of Paynesville, with a pledge by the host country to contribute significantly to the success of the sub-regional initiative.
The scheme provides compensation to victims of motor vehicle accidents, which may occur within the sub-region as well as insurance coverage for third-party liability relating to accidents resulting in death or injury.