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 […]

Liberia’s state of emergency: Role of security officers

By Atty. Bowoulo T. Kelley The novel coronavirus plagued the world so swiftly that it was described by the head of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as ‘an unprecedented outbreak that had met an unprecedented response’, as the virus continued to spread around the globe with an increase in the number of confirmed cases […]

Sweden extends global travel ban

In light of the continued uncertainty regarding international travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of Sweden has extended the advice against non-essential travel to all countries that was decided on March 14 until July 15. For countries or areas to which the MFA had advised against travel before March […]

When will Liberia go from transition

By: Jarwinken Wiah Free and fair elections are the foundation of all forms of democracy. In representative democracies, elections are the tools that citizens must use to practically hold political parties, candidates and incumbent governments accountable for their promises and performance. Even though there are legal or constitutional grounds for monitoring or requiring politicians to […]