Liberian Government Says It Will Defend Gays

The Liberian government issued a statement last week promising to prosecute members of an anti-LGBT group who threatened activists with death. In the statement, the government said it “supports the rights of any of its citizens to hold dear their traditional values, [but] it will neither countenance nor condone any form of intolerance whose objective is to stifle the exercise of individual freedoms and the advance of civil liberties.” The statement also said that security agencies would investigate the threats and arrest anyone threatening gay rights advocates. The group, the Movement Against Gays In Liberia, issued a “hit list” of LGBT rights supporters last week, promising “to go after them using all means in life.”

Zachary Bernstein