22 April 2010

Liberia: U.S. Human Rights Report 'Erroneous' - Pres. Sirleaf

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President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

The 2009 US State Department Human Rights Report on Liberia, concluding pervasive corruption at 'all levels" of the government, has again come under attack, with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf describing it as "erroneous".

The President, at a press conference Tuesday, did not point out the report's "erroneous" aspects, but she said she will personally write US Secretary Hilary Clinton expressing her disapproval of the report.

Following its release, the President expressed similar opinion, but later issued a statement welcoming the report.

The report touched on many aspects the government, including systematic corruption in the judiciary. Ir said "judges regularly take bribes", a statement that the President repeated recently when she addressed a conference on traditional justice.

But the President said she will send "a confidential document to Secretary Clinton.

"Let me not disclose the contents", she added, before it is received. But she promised to release the letter after it is sent.

She added, however: "The report was prepared by the Ministry of Justice. They cite out the inaccuracy. But the report has a lot of merit. So I am sending it forward," the president said.

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