Just one month after the U.S. State Department expressed grave concern after remarks made by Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in an interview saying that she would not sign any laws decriminalizing homosexuality
The AP reports today that the Liberian group MOGAL (Movement Against Gays in Liberia) has started distributing fliers containing the names of gay people and supporters in that country and has vowed to go after them and kill them ” using all means in life”
The group said those involved in promoting gay rights “should not be given space to get a gulp of air.”
“Having conducted a comprehensive investigation, we are convinced that the below listed individuals are gays or supporters of the club who don’t mean well for our country,” the fliers read. “Therefore, we have agreed to go after them using all means in life.”
No individual members of MOGAL signed the flier. But Moses Tapleh, a 28-year-old resident of the main community where the flier was distributed, said he was affiliated with the group and stressed that its threats should be taken seriously.
“We will get to them one by one,” Tapleh said. “They want to spoil our country.”
Asked what specific action might be taken against those on the list, he said they could be subjected to “dangerous punishments” including “flogging and death.”
There have been reports of Liberian gay activists with Movement for the Defence of Gays and Lesbians in Liberia (Modegal), being confronted by angry mobs in recent weeks.
Since the end of Liberia’s civil war in 2003, the United States has contributed over $1 billion in bilateral assistance and more than $1 billion in assessed contributions to the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).