Pres. Weah Vows To Protect, Promote Free Speech in Liberia
President George Manneh Weah has pledged his administration’s commitment to respect, protect and promote the fundamental rights of every Liberia to free speech and expression, including those critical of his government.
The Liberian leader made the pledge when he received the UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of Freedom of Expression and Opinion, Mr. David Kaye, at his office in Monrovia at the weekend.President Weah said he was pleased to meet the UN envoy, especially at a time when he had just inherited the mantle of authority to lead a ‘pro-poor government’ dedicated to improving the lives of all Liberians irrespective of their background or orientation.
In remarks, the UN Special Rapporteur commended President Weah for his hindsight in putting human rights at the top of his administration’s agenda, which was ardently articulated in his inaugural speech on January 22.
Mr. Kaye pointed out that it is essential for the government to prioritize the promotion and protection of freedom of expression and opinion because it is critical towards the consolidation of Liberia’s democratic gains.
Mr. Kaye, who was accompanied by his Human Rights Officer, Dr. Azin Tadjini and the acting Chairperson of the Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR), Rev. Bartholomew Colley, was ushered into the office of the President by acting Foreign Minister Elias Shoniyin.