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Prez Weah-gov’t will conduct review of the entire body laws of Liberia

Francis Pelenah /Maximilian Kasseh, Jr.
President George Weah
President George Weah

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-President George Manneh Weah has disclosed that his government intends to conduct a comprehensive review of the entire body laws of Liberia to highlight and eliminate clauses that discriminate against women.

President Weah said he is surprised that discrimination against women is embedded within the laws of Liberia, including the Constitution, which runs contrary to his government’s effort to eliminate the menace.

He named the laws on Marriage, Divorce, Property Rights, Child Custody and Land Ownership as some of the laws that contain clauses that marginalize women against men.

Addressing the Annual European Day Summit in Brussels Tuesday, June 5, 2018, the Liberian Leader said the measure is intended to complement existing actions and policies taken by Government of Liberia to curtail gender base violence and other abuses against women.

He named the Sexual and Gender Base Violence Act, the establishing of the Women and Children  Protection Section within the Liberia National Police, the 2018 Executive Order on Domestic Violence as some of the measures put in place by the Government of Liberia.

In another development, President Weah has resubmitted to the National Legislature a bill with modifications, to repeal some sections of the Penal Law of Liberia aimed at decriminalizing free speech and create an unrestricted media environment.

The Bill submitted on May 31,2018 seeks to amend Chapter 11 of Penal Law of 1978,repealing Sections 11.11 on criminal libel against the President,11.12 on Section and 11.14 on criminal malevolence.

If enacted into law, the act will be known as the Kamara Abdullai Kamara Act of Press Freedom, in honor of the late Journalist Kamara Abdullai Kamara, former President of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL).

President Weah emphasized the important role Mr. Kamara played in convincing National Government to repeal provisions on the Penal Law of Liberia, which impede freedom of speech and independence of the press in Liberia, but did not succeed.

President Weah said:” The purpose of the Act is to repeal sections of the Penal Laws that have the tendency of making Liberia non-compliant to upholding press freedom.”

He described the action as a proof of his government’s commitment to uphold the Constitution, Table Mountain Declaration and other International Treaties relating to Press Freedom and Freedom of Speech.


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