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During the Legislative conference, Professor Olympia Beko, head of the international criminal justice unit of the human rights law centre, University of Nottingham, and David Scheffer, first U.S. Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues (1997-2001), will provide expert advice to members of the Legislature and Liberian stakeholders working on the Draft Act to Establish an Extraordinary Tribunal for War and Economic Crimes for Liberia via video-conference. News 

Liberia Hosts Conference on War Crimes Court

    Civitas Maxima, an organization that represented victims of War Crimes and civil society organizations have concluded a major conference on accountability for war crimes with members of the 54th Legislature. The conference was held at a resort in Monrovia from July 18-19, 2019. Selected members of the House of Representatives were invited, including the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA), civil society organizations and two international experts. According to Civitas Maxima, the conference was being organized in collaboration with the administration of the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom,…

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While there I received a call from my Wife that Richmond had gone missing. Because it was too late for me to return to Ganta, I managed to sleep and returned the next day. When I returned to Ganta, I reported the incident to the Women and Children Protection Division of the Liberia National Police (LNP), Ganta Depot. After reporting the case, my Family and other Community Dwellers started searching for the Boy. I was in the process of putting my Son particular together to take it to the radio stations for airing when I received a call that my son’s body has been discovered in a Well. News 

Boy Falls In Well, Liberian Police yet to make arrests

    Report by: G. Augustine Dahn   Little Richmond Wonyen who went missing on July 29, 2019, was discovered dead in a Well two days later after a rigorous search by his parents and other community dwellers.  Speaking to Voice of Gompa Wednesday, July 31, 2019, the Father of the boy described as mysterious the death of his son. Mr. Julius Wonyen explained that after spending July 26 with his Family in Ganta, he left for Monrovia the next Day to settle some financial obligations. “While there I received…

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Activists condemned the jailing of Stella Nyanzi for cyber harassment, saying it undermined Uganda’s commitment to freedom of expression. She attended Friday’s sentencing via video link, against her will, and exposed her breasts in protest. News 

Advocate Stella Nyanzi sentenced to 18 months In Musevini’s Uganda

    I did not come to your court for Justice. I came to continue poking the leopard’s anus. I did not enter your Court for legal battle.     The Ugandan academic and gender and queer rights advocate Stella Nyanzi has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after being found guilty of cyber harassment against the country’s 33-year-ruling President Yoweri Museveni. She has been in prison for nine months now, having been arrested, first in October 2018, for a Facebook post she made, a poem critical of President…

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14. A disillusioned "popular" president was afraid to go and receive a petition from his own people who overwhelmingly elected him. Something may have gone wrong after 18 months. The Real Fact: The economy is bad while corruption and dictatorship remain prevalent. This was never THE CHANGE Mr. Weah promised. So, we The People, didn’t miss out on any opportunity. Do not be News 

Liberia: Protesting Students Snub Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

    By Lennart Dodoo   MONROVIA, FPA – Students of the University of Liberia, specifically members of the campus-based political group – the Student Unification Party (SUP) – are resolved to disrupt the Independence Day celebrations unless the University’s faculty are paid their salary arrears. Members of the UL faculty have refused to administer the final examinations for the semester pending the payment of their salary and payment of previous deductions made from their salaries and allowances. With two days to the Independence celebration, the students have taken to the streets…

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Student leader John Saylay Singbae, II explained that the bilateral scholarship agreement between the two countries’ governments has existed for over 50 years and is geared towards educating Liberian students in higher disciplines. According to him, the Moroccans are only to provide institutions for Liberia students to enable them study in variety of disciplines. While the Liberian government is expected to fully be responsible for providing homes, feeding, transportation, money for school materials, health insurance, etc, for its students. News 

Liberia Abandons Scholarship Students in Morocco?

  By Mae Azango   Monrovia – Liberian scholarship students studying in Morocco are said to be struggling in that North African nation as a result of them not receiving their allowances for many months from the Liberian government. Recently on social media, these students posted that they are financially stranded and are suffering because their government has not sent their allowance after several pleads to the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Finance and Development Planning. Student leader John Saylay Singbae, II explained that the bilateral scholarship agreement between the two…

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No later did it turn out to be set up for journalists who were now trapped and prevented from leaving the yard or the party headquarters. They were mercilessly flogged, on instructions from some party officials, who instructed that both local and international journalists be flogged and while in the process, their electronic equipments were destroyed. News 

Liberia: $6m Vanishes Again Investigation Shows!

Liberia: Diverted China Union US$6m Paid to Liberia Vanishes from Questionable Account/fpa   By Rodney Sieh Monrovia – Section 4 of the Public Finance Management Law regarding Public Funds and Money stipulates that in order to ensure the effective and efficient management, accounting and control of the public financial transactions and operations of the Republic of Liberia, a Consolidated Fund is established where monies owed government by foreign companies should be paid into the Central Bank of Liberia, the official depository of the Government of Liberia. Under the law, resources that…

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But Esther sees no problem with it. All she wants is to make her from ‘hand-to-mouth’ livelihood for her siblings and her son. Watching Esther works, she pours the gasoline from the jars into a safe-made funnel attached to the hollowed rod leading to the gas or fuel tank of the vehicles. She is so smart and fast and has to be precise as more kehkeh riders pull in asking her to hurry up so they can go back and grab more passengers. News 

Liberia: For Esther, the day has just begun

    Liberia: ‘Can- Girl’, A Female, Street Gas Seller By Mae Azango Monrovia – The clouds were gloomy from the very heavy rains that had just fallen in Monrovia. The rain had formed streams, which ran on both sides of the tarmac road at the intersection of Benson and Newport Streets. At this particular spot, are parked three-tire vehicles (tricycle) locally known as Kehkeh whose operators usually rush to anyone approaching them so as to be the lucky one to ferry that or those persons to their destinations. Also at…

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Born in the UK, Arimah grew up in Nigeria and wherever else her father was stationed for work. She was selected for the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 and her debut collection What it Means When A Man Falls From The Sky won the 2017 Kirkus Prize, the 2017 New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, and was selected for the New York Times/PBS book club among other honours. She is a 2019 United States Artists Fellow in Writing. She lives in Las Vegas. News 

Nigerian Lesley Nneka Arimah wins £10,000 Caine Prize

    Nigerian author Lesley Nneka Arimah has won the 2019 Caine Prize for African Writing for her short story ‘Skinned’. The chair of the Caine Prize judging panel, internationally acclaimed Kenyan author and poet Dr Peter Kimani, revealed Lesley as the winner of the £10,000 prize at an award dinner at Senate House, University of London last night (Monday 8th July).  ‘Skinned’, published in American literary journal McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern (Issue 53), envisions a society in which young girls are ceremonially ‘uncovered’ and must marry in order to regain…

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When the foundation was launched in June, the First Lady listed the construction of maternity hospital, schools and the Hope Community for the less fortunate as well as advocating against gender-based violence and implementing agricultural programs among the goals for the organization. Launching the foundation at the weekend, the First Lady said her goal was to give young people and the elderly hope. News 

US$1 Million Allocated in Fiscal Budget to Weah’s Wife Clar

    First Lady Clar Weah: ‘I need US$10M’   FPA—When crafters of the code put those laws into place, the idea was to prevent public officials and employees of government from giving preferential treatment to individuals, corporations or institutions, while performing official duties. The wife of President George Manneh Weah, First Lady Clar Weah, officially launched a foundation aptly named, The Clar Hope Foundation, presented as a non-political initiative aimed at creating an equitable society in Liberia where women and children are healthy, provided education and fully empowered to…

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The Authority also directed the commission and the central banks to accelerate the operation of the Special Fund for financing of programmes in the revised Roadmap for the ECOWAS Single Currency Programme. “It further directs the commission to ensure implementation of the recommendations of the meeting of the ministerial committee held in Abidjan on June 17 and June 18 as well as preparation and implementation of the Communication Strategy for the single currency programme. Business News 

ECOWAS Adopts ECO As Single Currency

    Nigeria Agency News: The Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government on Saturday adopted ECO as the name of the single currency to be issued in January 2020. The leaders at their 55th Ordinary Session in Abuja endorsed the name while congratulating the Ministerial Committee on the Single Currency for the considerable progress recorded in the implementation of the revised roadmap. In the communiqué read by Mr Mustapha Suleiman, Nigeria’s Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Authority instructed the ECOWAS Commission to work in collaboration with…

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