U.S. Report Indicts Liberia On Gay Issue

The 2015 Human Rights Report released recently by the United States Department of State has indicted Liberia for discrimination against same sex individuals or gays.   The report noted that the law prohibits consensual same-sex sexual activity, and the culture is strongly opposed to homosexuality.
The U.S. report noted that “Voluntary sodomy” is a misdemeanor with a penalty of up to one year’s imprisonment.
 The report said as of the end of 2015, two persons were in Monrovia Central Prison (MCP) custody for sodomy, one of whom had been in pretrial detention for more than three years.
The report also stressed that Liberian Law prohibits same-sex couples, regardless of citizenship from adopting children. The gay persons were cautious about revealing their sexual orientation or gender identities.
 “A few civil society groups promoted the rights of gay individuals, but most maintained a very low profile due to fear of mistreatment,” the report said.  The US Human Rights Report for 2015 said there were press and civil society reports of harassment of persons perceived to be gays.  Societal stigma and fear of official reprisal may have prevented victims from reporting violence or discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, the report said.
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