Pro Temp A. Z. Jallah Chinese Ambassador to Liberia Zhang Yue said a consignment of assorted items assessed at US$2 mullion for use by the Liberia National Police (LNP) is currently at the National Port Authority (NPA) waiting to be cleared.Ambassador Yue said his government is considering sending some medical supplies for soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL).The Chinese Ambassador made the disclosure recently when he paid a courtesy call on the President Pro Tempore of the Liberian Senate, Armah Zolu Jallah, at his Capitol Building offices in Monrovia.Amb Zhang YueAmb. Zhang during the meeting informed Senator Jallah that he is immensely satisfied with what he described as the cordial relationship between both countries especially in the areas of economic cooperation, peace and security.“The Chinese government is highly contemplating providing support to recondition some of Liberia’s feeder roads to help farmers have access to the main road,” the Chinese Ambassador said. He has meanwhile promised to hold consultations with his government to provide support to road construction in Liberia, promising to help support feeder road projects in Gbarpolu County.Amb. Zhang assured Liberians that he will forever remain a friend to the country to solicit help from the Government of the People’s Republic of China, citing examples of China’s interventions in the Liberian economy, the Liberian Airport Expansion Project, the construction of the Ministerial Complex, and the construction of an annex to the Capitol Building.In response, Pro Tempore Jallah, who chairs the Gbarpolu County Legislative Caucus, lauded the bilateral relationship between Liberia and Mainland China, which he said has accrued many dividends to both countries including reciprocal diplomatic ties, road construction, sports, and health.Jallah highlighted the involvement of soldiers of the AFL in community development projects, including using China-donated yellow machines to construct a 15.5-kilometer road in Gou’Nwolalla District, Gbarpolu County connecting the district to surrounding towns and villages.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement –
According to the Amnesty International 2015/2016 report there is a high level of acceptance of domestic violence in Guyana.Amnesty International also noted discrimination and violence against the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBT) community remains a serious concern.The report stated that the incidence rates of sexual and physical violence against women and children continue at an alarming rate. It noted that a Latin American Public Opinion Project survey published in 2014, had indicated that acceptance of domestic violence was soaring in the country.Although the Guyana Police Force had registered 300 reports of rape for 2015 as of November, compared with 238 for the same period the previous year, the report found it alarming that the convictions rates were low. It stated that Guyana’s Women’s Rights groups have disclosed that the Police continually fail to take domestic violence reports seriously.On the other hand, child rights are being infringed with corporal punishment in schools still being implemented. The report indicated that this is in breach of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child, and despite consultations being held with the Government and civil society, the law remains unchanged.Violence towards LGBT peopleThe report further said that there continues to be no legal protection against discrimination, based on real or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity and expression. Also noting that same-sex sexual conduct between men remained criminalised.In July 2015, days after civil society groups held a candlelight vigil to mark the one-year death anniversary of two transgender sex workers, a transgender sex worker known as “Nephi”, was killed in Georgetown.The report added that the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD), a local NGO, continued to receive reports of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace.It stated that, according to SASOD, transgender youths continue to be made homeless due to discrimination from within their home environment, while children’s homes lacked the capacity to respond to their needs.It said that while Guyana had agreed “to strengthen the protection of LGBT individuals and to continue its effort in eliminating discrimination against LGBT people, starting with the review of its related legislation,” the reform of the Criminal Law Offences Act, was rejected.