-Liberia Under Limelight For Human Rights Violation
Many Liberians, both at home and abroad, and perhaps some members of the international community, particularly human rights campaigners and observers, are still finding it complicated to delineate the divergence between the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf regime that claims political sanctity and that of her predecessors, including Samuel Kanyan Doe and Charles Ghankay Taylor, amongst others.
Although the argument is on, the Public Agenda looks at the latest US State Department’s Report in which Liberia is indicted for Human Rights Violation and Reports.
-To Make Arrest
-State Department Report Urges
The US State Department in its latest report on Liberia detected that police in Liberia carry on arrests without warrants as required under the law.
“In general, police must have warrants to make arrests.” According to the report, the law does not allow arrests without a warrant, something the Liberian police often ignored in violation of constitutional provision.
“Arrests often were made without warrants, and warrants were sometimes issued without sufficient evidence. Detainees have the right to prompt determination of the legality of their arrest, but this did not always occur.”
-Describes MICAT Press Conference As Talk-Show
By A. Omaska Mark
The acrimony between the Executive and the Legislative Branches of the Liberia Government over plans by Education Minister George Werner to abruptly close schools across the country, as well as his refusal to honor a citation from the lawmakers has infuriated the Chairperson of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Ways, Means, Finance and Development Planning, Moses Kollie (UP-Lofa Co), who has described the Minister’s failure to show up at the Capitol Building last Thursday as “ill-fated.” The Education Minister instead addressed the Information Ministry’s daily press briefing, which Rep.Kollie branded as “talk-show,” hosted by Min. Lewis Brown.
The Director General of the Cabinet, Jordan Sulonteh, has presented to Cabinet Ministers the approved versions of the Cabinet Guide for Ministries, Agencies and Commissions (MAC) and Cabinet Members’ Handbook.
The Cabinet Guide provides information and advice about Cabinet processes and procedures to be followed by MACs and Cabinet Secretariat requirements for documents being produced for Cabinet by MACs.
Stakeholders at the end of a two-day conference at the Monrovia City Hall, have committed themselves to developing a policy that will harness a well-planned and managed urbanization policy as a drive for sustainable development.
Participants at the conference included county Superintendents, City Mayors, District Commissioners, Ministries of Lands and Mines and Internal Affairs and the Land Commission, according to Robert Dokie of the Liberia News Agency (LINA).
A total of 700 students of the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC) have graduated from various technical disciplines following 18 months of intensive training at the center in Paynesville outside Monrovia.
The trainees studied auto mechanics, heavy duty mechanics, welding and fabrication, electricity, electronics, computer, drafting, plumbing, masonry and carpentry.
The Grand Bassa County Detachment of the Liberian Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has burnt narcotic drugs arrested from traffickers and dealers in the Own Your Own Community in Buchanan, the capital of the county.
The event was in observance of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking held Friday in Buchanan.
During the exercise that was witnessed by county officials, and security agencies including Police, Immigration, Natio9nal security Agency, Fire Service and citizens, over 200 kg of marijuana, 120 grams of heroin and 10 grams of cocaine were set ablaze.
-Bong Official Urges Robust MRU Talks
The Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent of Bong County has called for “robust consultations” among Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone on the way forward in eradicating Ebola from the Mano River Union (MRU) region.
Joseph Urey made the call at the end of the third Ebola cross-border surveillance meeting under the auspices of Global Communities attended by Liberian and Guinean authorities in Zota District, Bong County Thursday.
Bomi County Superintendent Samuel Brown has commended the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) for donating several bags of rice and corn seeds to farmers in the county.
Superintendent Brown, who did not state the total bags of rice and corn seeds, said the donation will motivate farmers to get more involved in agricultural activities and boost the sector in the county.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf last week separately received in audience the Executive Director of UN-Habitat and Under Secretary General of the United Nations, Dr. Joan Closs and the International Policy Advisor of Cities Alliance Partnership and Chair of Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, Right Honorable Clare Short at her temporary office at the Foreign Ministry.