U.S. Rep. Smith is concern about corruption and Liberia’s CDC thuggish behavior

Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), a Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Africa has expressed concerns regarding the deteriorating and worsening political conditions in Liberia.

In a statement on Tuesday, Rep. Smith said:

“Human rights advocates are increasingly alarmed by the deterioration of civil and political rights and the corruption that is occurring in Liberia under President George Weah. I am especially concerned by allegations surrounding Monrovia Mayor Jefferson Koijee and the thuggish behavior of the Congress for Democratic Change Security Force he heads.”

“Credible allegations of serious human and civil rights violations–including attempted murder, rape, unlawful arrest, detention and torture–have been attributed to Mayor Koijee by the International Justice Group, a US-based non-government organization,” said Smith.

Smith also added,

“In light of our historic ties to Liberia, the United States Congress will be closely monitoring the mass public demonstration that is scheduled to occur on December 30th in Monrovia, and I call upon the government of Liberia to respect the free speech and assembly rights of Liberian citizens. Anyone who suppresses these fundamental rights, or engages in ongoing corrupt acts, may very well become subject to targeted Global Magnitsky sanctions.” 

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