US Report Cites Causes For Human Violations

The United States Government 2014 Human Right Report on Liberia has outlined the several human right abuses that occurred in the country.   The report said the most serious human rights abuses were those linked to a lack of justice, judicial inefficiency, corruption, lengthy pretrial detention, denial of due process, and harsh prison conditions.

The report also noted that violence against women and children, including rape and domestic violence, and child labor were also serious problems.

According to the U.S. Human Rights Report on Liberia other important human rights abuses included reports of police abuse, harassment, and intimidation of detainees and others; arbitrary arrest and detention; official corruption; human trafficking; racial and ethnic discrimination; discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons; mob killings; and ritualistic killings.

The report said impunity remained a serious problem despite intermittent and limited government attempts to investigate, prosecute, and punish officials who committed violations, whether in the security forces or elsewhere in the government.

The report further noted that there were no reports that the government or its agents committed arbitrary or unlawful killings.

In September, however, the report said the Liberia National Police (LNP) authorities announced the indefinite suspension of nine officers in connection with a confrontation that led to the death of an unidentified man at a police checkpoint at ELWA junction.

The report said the nine officers were charged with manslaughter and were awaiting trial at year’s end. See text of the report inside.