Liberian Leader Defends Criminalizing Homosexuality; Tony Blair Won’t Comment
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, defends a law criminalizing homosexuality. She says, “We like ourselves just the way we are.
Liberian legislation classes “voluntary sodomy” as a misdemeanour punishable by up to one year in prison, but two new bills have been proposed that would target homosexuality with much tougher sentences.
Blair, on a visit to Liberia in his capacity as the founder of the Africa Governance Initiative (AGI), a charity that aims to strengthen African governments, refused to comment on Sirleaf’s remarks.
When asked whether good governance and human rights went hand in hand, the British former prime minister said: “I’m not giving you an answer on it.”