Topic: Human Rights & Immigration

Sierra Leoneans, Guineans & Liberians campaign for TPS renewal

Ambassador Bokari Kortu Stevens, Sierra Leone Ambassador to the United States of America

Come May 2016, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Sierra Leoneans, Guineans and Liberians living in the United States without work authorization will expire. Unless the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) authorizes an extension, thousands of people from these three Ebola affected countries face deportation.

Is Bondo for white women now? Caitlyn Jenner’s “initiation” into western womanhood

Fuambai Sia Ahmadu, PhD - President Kono Union USA, Inc., & Vice Chair of Concerned Sierra Leoneans USA

A couple of weeks or so ago Reverend Kabs Kanu’s Cocorioko published a cover picture of some random, recycled internet image of a presumably African woman, her arms flailing and she is screaming in either horrific pain or terror or both. Her bottom half is cut off from sight so we don’t know what is going on – is she giving birth? No. The sensational headlines invite the spectator to conclude that she is a victim of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), allegedly the greatest crime against girls and women in Africa and beyond. While Cocorioko, a Sierra Leonean owned pro-government online newspaper, ....

Liberian Civil Society Cautions Women: Land Rights are also Women Rights

Participants mostly women that attended the Land Rights discussion

The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) is calling on Liberian women to develop keen interest in identifying their rights to land ownership in Liberia because Land Rights issues are also women rights. OSIWA’s Country Officer, Massa Crayton said: “Now is the time to let you know from communities to communities that the issues of Land Rights are also women rights because women are one of the proper owner of the land”.

Four Nigerians among the eight executed in Indonesia

executed in Indonesia

Four Nigerian men are among the eight people executed in Indonesia along with one man from Brazil, one Indonesian and two Australians believed to be ring leaders of the Bali Nine drug smuggling ring. A woman from the Philippines and a Frenchman were temporarily reprieved.