-Says Speaker Chambers, describes transgender surgery as worst form of rights abuse
Ahead of the 35th Anniversary of this year’s Africa Day to be held tomorrow, May 25, House Speaker Bhofal Chambers of the 54th Legislature has said the “West” should shut-up for tagging the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) as savage, arguing that transgender surgery is the worst form of human rights abuse.
Chambers told the Special Representative of the African Union (AU) in Liberia and his entourage at his Capitol Building offices yesterday that FGM should be practiced by choice of any female when they attain the age of 21 in accordance with the country’s Penal Law.
Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a procedure where the female genital is deliberately cut, injured or changed, but where there’s no medical reason for this to be done. It is also known as “female circumcision” or “cutting.”
It comprises all procedures involving partial or total removal of the female external genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Against all odds, Speaker Chambers is of the opinion that the practice is traditionally in line with a woman’s faith or beliefs, “therefore, it should not be considered as human rights violation.”
On the contrary, Chambers, in a poignant tone, said the practice of transgender, which denotes or relates to a person whose sense of personal identity and gender does not correspond with their birth sex, is another form of mutilation, so it should be of concern to the West and called savage. Transgender is a transition from one sex to another.
He believes that some traditional practices in Liberia still resonate with morality in society and promote cultural heritage in the country.
In furtherance, Speaker Chambers would work with other lawmakers in making the Land Rights and Local Governance Acts pass the bills, but he did not commit his willingness to ensure its passage.
Earlier, during the courtesy call meeting, the Special Representative of the African Union (AU) to Liberia Ambassador Ibrahim M. Kamarain told Speaker Chambers to consider the passage of the Land Rights and Local Governance Bills.
Kamarain said the passage will help the ordinary Liberian foster peace in the country.
He urged the Speaker to be a part of the Africa Day’s celebration, which will be held on Friday, May 25, at the Monrovia City Hall.
Amb. Kamarain also informed the Speaker that his office accepts proposals, and that it has donated computer accessories and furniture to the Bassa Community College and other institutions.
It may be recalled that Speaker Chambers has recently been vocal on the FGM method when he first spoke in favor of the practice at the induction ceremony of the Women Legislative Caucus at the Capitol Building, of which Rep. Rosana G.D.H. Schaack was inaugurated as chairperson.