Liberia’s Foreign Partners Condemn “Creeping Lawlessness”

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— Issue joint statement expressing concern about Saturday’s violence

About seven diplomatic missions in Liberia, including the embassies of the United States of America and the EU Member States (France, Germany, Ireland, Sweden and the United Kingdom), as well as the European Union (EU) Delegation to Liberia, on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 issued a joint statement expressing their concern about recent incidents of violence after the by-elections in Montserrado County.

“We condemn the violence that took place on Saturday, August 17, 2019 between supporters of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and supporters of the opposition of the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP), including the reported violent attacks against the opposition candidate Ms. Telia Urey in District #15 Representative by-election,” the statement said.

Accordingly, the statement said, “following the recent decision by the National Election Commission’s Hearing Officer to re-run the Montserrado County District #15 Representative by-election in few other polling stations, we urge all Liberians, and in particular all political parties, both their leaders and their supporters, to ensure a peaceful completion of the electoral process, and to refrain from any inflammatory statements or acts of aggression, intimidation or violence. We emphasize the importance of upholding the rule of law and contributing to a climate of tolerance, mutual respect and peaceful debate.”

Therefore, the diplomats added, “We call on all Liberians, and in particular political leaders, and citizens conveying messages in traditional and social media, to avoid using hate speech, which could further enhance tensions and undermine the peace and stability of the country.”

“We urge the Liberian authorities to complete a swift and objective investigation to hold accountable those instigating or executing violence in this and previous incidents.”

In this regard, the statement noted, “We welcome the statement by President George Weah on Sunday, 18 August, which rejected electoral violence, and announced a thorough and expeditious investigation into the events, which occurred on Saturday, August 17, 2019.”

“We commend and support the statements and efforts of Liberian political and civil society actors to foster peace and stability in the country. We also welcome the joint statement by the United Nations and the Office of the Special Representative of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission in Liberia on August 19, which also deplored the recent electoral violence.”

According to them, Liberia has gone a long way in consolidating democracy, peace and stability since the end of the conflict in 2003; and Liberians should not let any form of political or electoral violence jeopardize or reverse the progress made.

Therefore, we express our confidence that the Liberian people will always protect their “country’s hard-won peace and stability, because we remain fully committed to continuing to support the country’s development and peacebuilding efforts.”

UN, ECOWAS speak

In a related development, the United Nations (UN) and the Office of the Special Representative of the ECOWAS Commission in Liberia, said they have observed with concern the increasing violence acts arising from the recent by-elections in Montserrado County.

“We deplore the violent attacks that have taken place during the Senatorial and Representative by-elections, and reiterate that electoral violence in all its forms and manifestations is criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, and constitutes one of the most serious threats to peace and security of Liberia.

We condemn the violence that occurred on Saturday, August 17 in District #15, Montserrado County, between supporters of the CDC and supporters of the Opposition Collaborating Political Parties,” the statement said.

It added, “We commend the Government of Liberia’s swift move to defuse tensions and foster dialogue between antagonists. We, therefore, urge the Ministry of Justice and the Liberia National Police (LNP) to carry out a prompt and impartial investigation into the unfortunate incident so that those responsible are held accountable, regardless of their political affiliations.

“We urge all Liberians in general and political parties in particular to reject violence and avoid using inflammatory language or hate speech that could further increase tensions. We appeal to Liberians to safeguard the hard-won gains made in consolidating peace and democracy and urge them to address electoral complaints in a peaceful manner and through legal means.

“The UN and the Office of the Special Representative of the ECOWAS Commission in Liberia wish to renew our continued support to peaceful, credible and inclusive elections,” the statement declared.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Hopefully president Weah and co-conspirators in this calculated mayhem to intimidate anr run others away from Liberia, will hear this other “dog whistle,” loud and clear! If those who usually come to our rescue are fed up with this nonsense, Mr. Football Captain better take note and reverse or stop this gangersterism immediately! Citizens getting killed and brutalized daily now in Liberia and our government could care less? What then could be the use of government with everybody for self and God for all? We all pray that this situation does not deteriorate to another civil war level. Incidentally, these are some of the very brutalities that make citizens to resort to any means necessary to forestall this level of callous and incessant mistreatment, obviously sanctioned by government. Not quite 2 years in office and see the mess that has become of the country which was just on a promising path two years ago. But thank God almighty these hoodlums are building houses and not smoking those stolen monies. At least, those house and vehicles can be seized later. Very shortsighted people. As if they didn’t experience, see or hear of what happened to the others before them and just 14 short years ago! Time will tell.

  2. The International community condemned both sides, ruling party and opposition,so why condemned only president Weah government? Apparently or definitely people like Peter Gboyo think that unnecessarily criticizing president Weah and his government make them famous. They want to gain undeserved attention from the public,a strategy that is dead upon arrival. Opposition should stop the provocation!!

  3. Sorry. The tiny tiny and their clueless leader only know brutality. Liberia is doomed under this government. The president is too busy phoning Ghana porn stars to sleep with him to conduct the country’s business.

  4. As Transparency International wrote in their opinion, when it comes to Liberia …”corruption remains endemic and permeates most sectors of the society. Low public sector salaries, lack of training and capacity, inefficient and cumbersome regulations create both incentives and opportunities for corruption across the public sector. In addition, Liberia is endowed with vast mineral wealth, some of it possibly untapped, including iron ore, timber, diamonds, gold and rubber, and in spite of progress made in this area too, natural resource management continues to face major corruption and governance challenges. As the country is set to join the group of oil producing countries, it is especially important to address these issues to ensure that potential oil boom benefits all Liberians instead of precipitating the country in a spiral of corruption and kleptocracy.”

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