Liberia Health Ambassador Miatta Fahnbulleh says the government of Liberia is weak in the fight against rape and other sexual abuses in the country.
Ambassador Fahnbulleh also accused the Liberian Government of being biased by paying serious attention to rape cases involving foreigners at a high degree as compared to those committed by Liberians. She warned that the government and all Liberians should not see foreigners’ crimes as the bigger one but should consider all crimes the same. She spoke when she appeared on Capitol FM breakfast radio program, the Capitol Breakfast Club on Wednesday, February 17, 2016. Ambassador Fahnbulleh cautioned foreign nationals and Liberians to beware of the gravity of the punishment for rape and desist from it. Alluding to the fact that the government is weak in fighting rape, US State Department 2013 Human Rights Report cited the weakness of the court system to deal with the rape cases as one of the major problem. Indicated in the report, approximately 280 rape cases reported to the Liberia national Police (LNP), only four were prosecuted because of the inefficient justice system in the country. "An inefficient justice system also prevented timely prosecution, although local NGOs pushed for prosecution and sometimes provided lawyers to indigent victims. The report noted that as mandated by the 2008 Gender and Sexually Based Violence Bill, the special court for rape (Criminal Court E) and other sexual violence, located in Montserrado County, has exclusive original jurisdiction over cases of sexual assault, including abuse of minors. Thirty-seven cases were forwarded to Criminal Court C. Four rape cases were actually prosecuted; there was one conviction, one acquittal, and two cases remained pending", the report indicated.