US Ambassador Stands By Human Rights Report

By Janjay F. Campbell

United States Ambassador accredited to Liberia, Deborah R. Malac, said the United States Government is comfortable with what is in the 2014 States Department Human Rights report.

She made the statement yesterday at a press briefing held at the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia. She explained that they collect information from different levels and if the media report on an issue, it is investigated before it is added in the report.

Referring to the statement President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf made during the U.S. Independence Day celebration that “the State Department Human Right Report on Liberia was not accurate and encouraged the U. S. State Department to counter check what the media in Liberia report.” The U. S. envoy said she really didn’t know what President Sirleaf was talking about.

Ambassador Malac stressed that President Sirleaf might have a problem with a small portion of the report and not the entire report because the report is accurate.She stressed that they are told by the U. S. Congress to produce Human Rights Reports on every country.

On other developments, the U.S envoy said the Liberia National Police has made progress since the Ebola outbreak in Liberia. She mentioned that there are lots of improvements in the leadership of the police and that there are individuals in the police force who are committed and dedicated to their work.

She further stated that as the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) draws down; the U. S. is committed to work along with the security sector in Liberia. She encouraged the leadership of the police forced to send out the right signal because not everything is taught at the police academy. The U. S. is intending to be very engaged with the security sector to make sure that Liberia has a strong security sector when UNMIL leaves.

Ambassador Malac added that the U. S. is providing additional assistance to help build the health sector of Liberia and they are working along with the Ministry of Health in strengthening the public health sector.

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