Liberia Sees a Backlash Against Gay Rights Ahead of Next Year’s Election

People celebrate after the World Health Organization declared Liberia Ebola-free, Monrovia, Liberia, May 11, 2015 (AP photo by Abbas Dulleh).
People celebrate after the World Health Organization declared Liberia Ebola-free, Monrovia, Liberia, May 11, 2015 (AP photo by Abbas Dulleh).

Last month, a warlord turned senator in Liberia named Prince Johnson kicked off his candidacy for next year’s presidential election with a sharp denunciation of sexual minorities and those who defend them. “A government under our watch will never, ever accept gay rights,” said Johnson, who is best known for his role in wartime atrocities, including the torture and killing of President Samuel Doe in 1990. “Liberia is not Sodom and Gomorrah.” The statement, and the attention it received from local journalists, was consistent with a campaign in which the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Liberians have taken […]

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