The Government of Liberia has secured the release of ten Liberian female migrant workers that had been trapped for more than two years in Lebanon and have brought them home.The young girls allegedly faced a life of servitude and humiliation including sexual molestation by some Lebanese agents that “sponsored” their travel to Lebanon.After persistent media reporting about their plight and the refusal of their captors to release the girls, GOL recently dispatched a delegation to Beirut with the necessary travel documents and air tickets to ensure the speedy return of the girls as well as to build a legal case to prosecute the perpetrators. According to Labor Minister Neto Z. Lighe Sr., head of the delegation to Beirut, the girls recently touched down at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) and are being kept under security protection away from the public in order to “protect the image and identity of the alleged rape victims.” “For now we have not reunited them with their families because we want to get statements from them to begin prosecuting the alleged perpetrators.“We are preparing indictments against the accused and can only make a case if we gather testimonies from the victims. We are closely working with the Lebanese ministries of Justice and Labor to enable us to move further with legal action” said Atty. Lighe.“Initially we prepared for seven girls, but when we got to Beirut, the number exceeded what was expected.“Actually, we should have returned with twelve girls but due to their late arrival, we managed to secure ten. The travel documents of the other two had not been processed so their return was not possible at this time, but we hope to bring them back to Liberia soon,” Lighe explained.He disclosed that two of the Lebanese nationals accused of involvement in trafficking the girls to Lebanon have been banned from leaving Liberia and their passports and other travel documents are in the possession of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN) and will only be released pending a government to government interaction with Beirut regarding their prosecution.Minister Lighe described the delegation’s mission to Beirut as “very successful,” adding that there’s nothing more important than bringing the girls back home to Liberia.The high-power Liberian delegation left Monrovia recently for Beirut in an effort to fast track the return of the Liberian girls whose search for greener pastures in Lebanon resulted to dehumanizing treatment of them by alleged traffickers.The delegation included Jeddi Aman, Assistant Minister for Legal Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN) Commissioner Lemuel Reeves, a representative of the Ministry of Justice and Joseph Flomo, 105 Liberia National Police.Meanwhile, Lighe stated that the case is of serious interest to GOL and as such, everything possible would be done to prosecute those who are convicted of crimes against the Liberian girls, causing them hardship and suffering in Lebanon.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
0Shares0000Zlatan Ibrahimovic of LA Galaxy looks to pass during the Major League Soccer match against Atlanta United in Carson, California on April 21, 2018 © AFP/File / Frederic J. BROWNNEW YORK, United States, Jun 29 – Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Spanish striker David Villa will lead the Major League Soccer All-Stars against Italian giant Juventus in the MLS All-Star Game, the league announced Friday.The select squad from the North American league for the August 1 showdown at Atlanta includes players from a record 16 nations, including five from this year’s World Cup. The MLS lineup, with 14 players chosen by All-Star coach Gerardo Martino of Atlanta United, includes former Juventus star Sebastian Giovinco, who led Toronto FC to last year’s MLS crown.Juventus comes off a seventh consecutive Serie A title.Mexico’s Jonathan dos Santos of the Los Angeles Galaxy, who helped his homeland advance past the World Cup group stage, and Peru’s Yoshimar Yotun of Orlando City, who helped set up his team’s first World Cup goal in 40 years in Russia, are among the MLS midfielders.England striker Bradley Wright-Phillips of the New York Red Bulls was among two All-Star picks made by MLS commissioner Don Garber.Two US goalkeepers were selected, Brad Guzan of Atlanta and Zack Steffan of Columbus.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
New Delhi, Sep 14 (PTI) Women rights activist Ranjana Kumari today pitched for the passage of womens reservation bill, which proposes allotting 33 per cent of seats in Lok Sabha and state Assemblies to the fair sex, asserting that there is no “logical” reason behind the delay.”We have fought for 20 years and we have created a generation who will fight for another 20 years. We request the government that the bill be presented in the Lok Sabha so that it can be passed soon. There is no logical reason behind putting it off,” she said at an event here.The womens reservation bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha in 2010 but it lapsed subsequently after the dissolution of the 15th Lok Sabha. PTI VAG GJS SMN
The Alabama Department of Fish and Wildlife are investigating a hunting accident that claimed the life of an Englewood Elementary school student.Investigators said 11-year-old Hudson Fife was shot and killed over the weekend in Dallas County near Selma. Dallas County Coroner Alan Dailey said earlier that day the victim was on land his family leases for hunting spending time with family and friends. The boy had left the group with his rifle and gone into a shooting house alone hours before his body was found.According to Dailey, investigators believe shooting was accidental.Tuscaloosa County School System Spokeswoman Terri Brewer said additional counselors were at Englewood today to speak with the boy’s classmates and other students.