Coronavirus: Sweden bans public gatherings, events

On 11 March, the Swedish Government adopted an ordinance on a prohibition against holding public gatherings and events. What does this decision mean? The Government is making use of the possibility in the Public Order Act (Chapter 2, Section 15) to prohibit public gatherings and events if this is necessary to combat an epidemic. The […]

Sierra Leonean arrested on Liberian war crime charges

A Sierra Leonean national, Gibril Massaquoi, was arrested on Tuesday in Tampere, Finland, by the Finnish police who suspect that he committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in Liberia between 1999 and 2003. The crimes he allegedly committed include homicide, sexual violence, and the recruitment and use of child soldiers. Gibril Massaquoi was in the […]

Sweden promotes long-term gender economic equality

The Swedish Government has appointed a commission for gender-equal lifetime earnings. The commission has been instructed to present proposals that aim to increase economic equality between women and men in Sweden in the long term. Minister for Gender Equality Åsa Lindhagen said “Historically, Sweden has made major progress with regard to economic equality. “Despite this, […]

British parliament members visit Liberia

A high-level delegation from the British Parliament is expected to begin a week-long visit to Liberia on Monday, March 2. The delegation is made of Greg Hands, Kate Osamor, Lord McConnell and Lord Hannay. The delegation will hold discussions with their counterparts at the Liberian Legislature on strengthening democracy through parliamentary engagements. The visitors, who will be in Liberia until March […]

We must not jeopardize Africa’s future

Pressure is building to phase out fossil fuels in Africa to fight climate change, NJ Ayuk writes. Organizations ranging from the World Bank to the European Investment Bank (EIB) have dropped support for African fossil fuel production in hopes of encouraging a transition from oil, gas and coal to sustainable energy sources like wind and […]

Liberian ambassador woos Greek investment

Liberia’s ambassador to Greece Geraldine Bass-Golokeh presented her letters of Credence to the Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos on February 11. According to a dispatch from the Liberian Consulate in Athens, Ambassador Bass-Golokeh conveyed sentiments from Liberian President George Manneh Weah to his Greek counterpart during the ceremony. Senior Greek officials at the presentation included Minister […]

Climate crisis is global human rights challenge

The Commonwealth of 54 countries, 32 of which are small, are facing a climate change emergency that is costing lives and presenting an “undeniable human rights challenge” to the world. Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland on Wednesday addressed the High Level Segment of the UN Human Rights Council’s 43rd Regular Session in Geneva. She said: “The stark […]

Swedish Prime Minister Löfven to visit South Africa

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven will visit South Africa on 8–10 March. Minister for Foreign Trade and Nordic Affairs Anna Hallberg and a Swedish business delegation will also take part in the visit. During the visit, Mr Löfven will meet South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa for bilateral talks. The two leaders will take part in […]

UK investors to visit Liberia in April

A three-day high-level trade and investment mission from the United Kingdom (UK) is scheduled for April 1-3 in the Liberian capital, Monrovia. The trade and investment event targets investors and showcases opportunities in Liberia to survey the country’s economy and identify ownership of enterprises to invest in the growing market economy. Supported by both the […]

Sweden’s foreign policy statement for 2020

Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Line presented the government’s Statement of Foreign Policy for 2020 to the parliament, the Riksdag on Wednesday. Below is the statement in full. Mr/Madam Speaker, Honourable Members, Representatives of the Diplomatic Corps, Ladies and Gentlemen, Sweden’s foreign policy is conducted with the aim of creating security in our country and around […]