President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has said that her administration does not lack the political will to address shortcomings enumerated in the 2014 Human Rights Report on Liberia released by the US State Department Bureau of Democracy and Human Rights.Speaking at the United States’ 239th Independence Anniversary at the Executive Pavilion in Monrovia yesterday, President Sirleaf requested the US Government for continual partnership and support to address those shortcomings.“I only wish, given the likelihood of the report that most of the comments in the report are based on local media reports, and taking into account comments in the report on the media, that the US will adopt a policy of reviewing and consultation before such reports are published,” President Sirleaf countered.She told the audience of US Embassy officials, officials of the Liberian government and guests that she had read the human rights report which contained many good things as well as several shortcomings of her government.The published reports among other things highlighted lack of political will by the Executive in handling cases of corruption, citing cases of former Commerce and Industry Minister, Miatta Beyslow and former LPRC Managing Director T. Nelson Williams, who were dismissed following allegations of corruption by the Liberia Anti Corruption Commission (LACC).The report also noted that Justice in Liberia was based on favor and bribes, and judges were giving justice to people who have money to pay, leaving the poor without justice.It also indicated that integrity institutions including the General Auditing Commission (GAC) and the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) were not supported enough to be independent in their work.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Related posts:Costa Rica extends deadline to settle payment with Nicaragua for environmental damage Costa Rica has unfair advantage in maritime delimitation claim, says Nicaragua Costa Rica, Nicaragua to face off again at The Hague in new border dispute Nicaraguans gather in Costa Rica to celebrate release of political prisoners Read the original story in Spanish at La Prensa, first published on June 14, 2019.This story was translated into English and republished in The Tico Times as part of a partnership with La Prensa to help bring their coverage of the Nicaraguan crisis to an English-speaking audience. Facebook Comments The Foreign Minister of Costa Rica, Manuel Ventura Robles, acknowledged the work and sacrifice of journalist Lucía Pineda Ubáu, who spent 172 days illegally and unjustly imprisoned in Nicaragua’s La Esperanza Women’s Prison by orders of Daniel Ortega’s regime. Lucía Pineda Ubáu, who has dual-citizenship of Nicaragua and Costa Rica, met last week with diplomats from Costa Rica, who since her arrest on Dec. 21, 2018 at the offices of “100% Noticias” in Managua sought to protect due process and the journalist’s safety. Ventura recalled that on Feb. 11, 2019, he had welcomed to his office Lucía Ubáu, the journalist’s mother, and her uncle, Alejandro Ubáu, and promised to provide the necessary support.“The journalist, when she was arrested, had been dedicated to reporting on the events that led the Nicaraguans to demonstrate against mistreatment, persecution and violence,” Ventura said. “That’s when she herself was hit by the repressive wave of the regime of Nicaragua and taken prisoner.” More political prisoners remain to be freedVentura said there are others like Lucía Pineda Ubáu, who with “sacrifice and dignity remind us that sometimes the daily work of doing our jobs makes some uncomfortable.” Ventura also stressed Costa Rica’s commitment to journalism, freedoms and human rights in Nicaragua.Pineda was released on June 12, 2019, through an Amnesty Law approved on June 8 of this year, by Nicaragua’s National Assembly, which is dominated by Ortega allies. The released political prisoners have expressed that they did not need such a ruling, arguing they are innocent of the charges invented by a Prosecutor’s Office dominated by the regime.More than 400 political prisoners have been freed, but there are still 85 prisoners of the regime in prison.