Sweden: Commission to evaluate Covid-19 response

The Swedish Government on Tuesday appointed a committee of inquiry to evaluate the measures taken to limit the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). The committee chair will be Mats Melin. He was a justice and president of the Supreme Administrative Court between 2011 and 2018. Prior to that he was chief parliamentary ombudsman between 2004 and […]

Coronavirus: Sweden extends entry ban

To mitigate the effects of the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and reduce the outbreak, a temporary ban on entry to the European Union (EU) via Sweden is in force. The Swedish government today decided to extend the entry ban until 31 August 2020. At the same time, the government decided to ease the restrictions for […]

Liberia’s dual citizenship issue settled, says Mueller

A Switzerland-based Liberian says there is no need for Liberians in the diaspora to support a referendum on dual citizenship in Liberia as the country’s supreme court has settled the issue. Michael Muller in an open letter in May noted that “by the Grace of God, we have won the fight and there is no […]

Norway elected to UN Security Council

Norway was elected as a member of the UN Security Council on Wednesday for the period 2021–2022. “We would like to thank the UN member states for the confidence they have shown in us.  The world needs more international cooperation to promote peace and security. We will make use of our seat on the Security […]

International Criminal Court responds to US sanctions

The International Criminal Court (ICC) expresses profound regret at the announcement of further threats and coercive actions, including financial measures, against the court and its officials, made earlier on Thursday, June 11 by the Government of the United States. The ICC stands firmly by its staff and officials and remains unwavering in its commitment to […]

US indicts Gambian on torture charges

The indictment in the United States on June 11 of an alleged former Gambian “death squad” member on torture charges is an important step for Gambian victims and international justice, a coalition of human rights groups said today. Michael Sang Correa , 41, was an alleged member of the notorious “Junglers” death squad, set up by then-president […]

President Weah thanks Malta for coronavirus help

Liberian President George Manneh Weah has stressed the crucial importance of partnership and sustained solidarity towards successfully overcoming the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic. In a communication to the President of Malta George Vella, the Liberian chief executive extended Liberia’s profound gratitude for the donation of medical supplies in support of the West African nation’s fight against the […]

Declining trends in global peace operations

While the number of United Nations and non-UN multilateral peace operations increased slightly in 2019, the number of personnel deployed in them decreased, according to new data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). Although sub-Saharan Africa maintained the highest number of operations and personnel, two new operations in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) […]

Liberia: State of emergency and freedom of expression

By Atty. Urias Teh Pour The surge of the global COVID-19 pandemic has provided compelling reason for states to impose restrictive measures, some in the form of health protocols to beat back the spread of the deadly disease. These measures have provoked debate, essentially around the nature and scope of these restrictions vis a vis […]

Integration is relevant for African economies

The second Africa Regional Integration Index (APII 2019) was launched Friday by the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the African Development Bank and the African Union Commission (AUC), with a call to action to African economies to deepen their integration. The 2019 Index, which builds on the first edition published in 2016, provides up-to-date data […]