Liberia: George Weah declares rape national emergency

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Abuja (Sundiata Post)  –  Liberian President George Weah, has declared rape a emergency the country after a recent increase of rape cases.


Late on Friday, Weah said he would install a special prosecutor for rape Liberia, set up a sex offender registry, while ordering new to tackle the problem.


The by Weah comes after thousands of Liberians protested against increased rape cases the capital Monrovia last month, a bid to highlight the country’s alarming rate of sexual assault.


Addressing the meeting, the Ballon d’or winner said Liberia “witnessing what is actually an epidemic of rape within the pandemic, affecting mostly children and young girls across the country.”


Weah also announced that the government also establish a so-called “ security task force” on sexual- and gender-based violence.


A 2016 UN report recorded 803 rape cases the previous year in the country saying only two percent of sexual violence cases led to a conviction, for example.


Margaret Taylor, the of Liberia’s Network, told AFP last month that her NGO had recorded 600 cases of rape between June and August, for example.


That up from between 80 and a hundred cases in , she said.