World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

Liberia: UN human rights expert starts official visit

Liberia: UN human rights expert starts official visit to assess freedom of expression

GENEVA (5 March 2018) – The UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, David Kaye, is carrying out his first official visit to Liberia this week to assess the situation of freedom of expression and access to information in the country.

“This visit will help me identify Liberia’s current challenges and suggest law and policy changes that will strengthen the right to freedom of expression,” said Kaye.

“The constitution strongly protects freedom of expression, but there is a recognition that the legal and institutional frameworks need to be reformed for this guarantee to be meaningful in practice, both for individuals and the media,” he said, welcoming the commitment to freedom of expression made by President George Weah in his inaugural address in January.

“I look forward to engaging with lawmakers in Liberia in their work towards strengthening the legal framework,” Kaye added.

The Special Rapporteur said the low percentage of Liberians with internet access also needed to be addressed.

“An internet penetration rate of 8.4%, coupled with high costs, effectively means that the majority of Liberians are deprived of a fundamental channel of information. This is a challenge that requires a strong effort by the Government and the private sector, as well as by the international community,” he said.

The expert, whose visit is at the invitation of the Government of Liberia, will meet legislative, executive and judicial authorities, as well as journalists, other media representatives and civil society groups.

The Special Rapporteur will host a press conference to share his preliminary findings on 9 March 2018, at 12:00 local time in Monrovia. Access will be strictly limited to journalists.

Kaye’s final report containing his findings and recommendations will be presented to the Human Rights Council in June 2019.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Chemical Weapons Attack (and Response) In Syria

The past week’s headlines about the chemical attacks in Syria – and the military response by the US, France and Britain – have tended to overshadow a few of the downstream outcomes. More>>

ALSO:

Pacific Moves: China, Vanuatu And Australia

Washington’s vigilant deputy, doing rounds on the beat in the Pacific, has been irate of late. The central issue here is the continuing poking around of China in an area that would have been colloquially termed in the past “Australia’s neighbourhood”. More>>

ALSO:

Diplomatic Madness: The Expulsion of Russian Diplomats

How gloriously brave it seemed, some 23 nations coming together like a zombie collective to initiate a fairly ineffectual action in of itself: the expulsion of Russian diplomats or, as they preferred to term it, intelligence operatives. More>>

ALSO:


Campbell On: the US demonising of Iran

Satan may not exist, but the Evil One has always been a handy tool for priests and politicians alike. Currently, Iran is the latest bogey conjured up by Washington to (a) justify its foreign policy interventions and (b) distract attention from its foreign policy failures. More

ALSO:

Cyclone Gita: 70% Of Tonga Population Affected

The full scale of destruction is beginning to emerge from Tonga in the aftermath of the severe tropical cyclone Gita. Around 50,000 people, or almost 70% of the country’s population, have been affected, a third of whom are children. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC