“Rape is National Emergency” President Weah Declares

President George M. Weah
President George M. Weah

President George Weah has with immediate effect declared Rape as National Emergency in Liberia.

The Liberian leader proclamation also announced the appointment of a special prosecutor for rape cases in Liberia.

Of late there has been an increase in rape in the country, resulting into days of protest all across Liberia.

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The Liberian leader also disclosed the setting up of a national sex offender registry which will have the names of sex offenders, as is done throughout the world even after their punishment.

An initial 2-million United States dollars will been provided by government to combat rape and SGBV in Liberia, couple with the establishment of a national security taskforce the proclamation says.

President Weah said, his administration will spare no effort in ensuring that the epidemic of rape and SGBV are curtail.

On the issue of traditional practices, George Weah said, administrative measures will be announced shortly as he called for a collaborative fight in defeating the scourge of rape in Liberia.

The move by the Coalition for Democratic Change government headed by Mr. Weah followed the successful conclusion of a 2-day National Anti-Rape and Sexual Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) Conference.

The conference was convened by Government to validate the National Roadmap on Rape and SGBV produced by the Inter-ministerial taskforce set up by him a few weeks ago.