U.S. Secretary of State, Antony J. Blinken

U.S. State Department Releases Liberia’s 2023 Human Rights Report, Says There Were ‘No Significant Changes’ In Human Rights Situation During 2023

The United States State Department through its Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor has released its 2023 Human Rights report featuring torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment, and other related abuses in Liberia.

In the executive summary of the report, said there were no significant changes in the human rights situation in Liberia during the year.

The report also noted that there were significant human rights issues included credible reports of: arbitrary or unlawful killings, including extrajudicial killings; torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment by the government or on behalf of the government; harsh and life-threatening prison conditions; serious problems with the independence of the judiciary; serious restrictions on freedom of expression and media freedom, including violence or threats of violence against journalists and censorship; serious government corruption; extensive gender-based violence, including domestic or intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and female genital mutilation/cutting; laws criminalizing consensual same-sex conduct between adults, which were enforced; crimes involving violence or threats of violence targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or intersex persons; and systematic restrictions on workers’ freedom of association.

The government did not take credible steps to identify and punish officials who may have committed human rights abuses.

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