A total of 16 countries have requested the international community to provide Liberia with the necessary assistance to achieve its human rights, anti-poverty and socio-economic goals.
The call was made at a mid-day meeting at the weekend when the Human Rights Council (HRC) adopted the outcome of the Universal Periodic Review of Liberia in New York, according to a release from Liberia's Permanent Mission to the United Nations.
The release named Libya, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Togo, Venezuela, Angola, Rwanda, Benin, Botswana, China, Congo, Cuba, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Gabon and Ghana as countries that made the request.
According to the release, the request was made against the backdrop of mitigating circumstances that befell Liberia in the aftermath of the civil war and the outbreak of the Ebola crisis.
Speakers from the various countries commended Liberia’s achievements in the promotion and protection of human rights, despite the burden posed on the country by the Ebola epidemic, and praised her efforts in consolidating peace and reconciliation and strengthening security.
In remarks at the program, Justice Minister Benedict Sannoh said Liberia had been in the vanguard of the promotion and protection of human rights for over 168 years.
“The country had just come through its greatest crisis since the end of its 14-year civil conflict in 2003, being engulfed in a fight against the deadly Ebola virus, to which over 4,000 Liberians and foreign residents succumbed,” he noted.
He added that while Liberia was now Ebola-free, it was still at risk due to the porosity of its borders and the free movement of people between it and neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone where a few cases are still being reported.
Sannoh said despite these challenges, Liberia has remained steadfast in its determination to participate in the Universal Periodic Review process.