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The European Union Delegation to Liberia has identified social exclusion and discrimination as two issues that remain obstacles to Liberia’s pursuit of inclusive economic development and a likely source of future conflict unless adequately addressed, an EU press statement said in Monrovia on Tuesday..
Human Rights Watch (HWR) has called on authorities in Ivory Coast to ensure that the 41 suspected Ivorian dissidents extradited from Liberia on June 23 are given the due process of law, access to lawyer and that their rights are respected.
Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has threatened to take punitive action, including dismissal, against any of her official failing to publically declare their assets in two weeks time.
Thousands of Liberian refugees in Ghana and other countries across the West African sub-region have now lost their status as refugees, after the June 30 voluntarily repatriation deadline expired over the weekend.
By William Selmah/WADR CORRESPONDENT
The General Auditing Commission (GAC) in Liberia has unearthed more corruption scandals in some ministries and agencies, with the its latest batch of audit reports indicting five institutions.
Relatives of some of the 41 Ivorian nationals, who are said to be pro Gbagbo fighters extradited over the weekend for reported involvement in subversive activities, say they are worried about their safety.
--Liberia to extradite 40 suspected dissidents
The United Nations Special Representative in Ivory Coast Bert Koenders has criticized Ivorian political actors for engaging in a war of words through the media, which is undermining national reconciliation.
At the same time, Liberia is poised to extradition some 40 suspected Ivorian dissidents to be tried in their home country.
In Togo, hundreds of prisoners have been released on parole.
This move has been made because of renovation works launched by prison authorities in all of the country’s detention centers.
--but Liberia says its side calm
By Suy Kahofi/WADR Abidjan Correspondent
Fear and panic have engulfed Western Ivory Coast, since the recent raids believed to have come out of neighbouring Liberia, with somw war weary civilians harbouring a feeling of despair.
The Liberian government has rejected the latest US State Department 2011 report on the dismal human rights situation in Liberia, describing it as imbalance and a misrepresentation of the state of affairs in the country.