Prez Sirleaf Reaffirms Commitment to One China Policy

first_imgPrez. Sirleaf makes remarks at the occasionPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has reaffirmed her government’s commitment to the One China Policy, an Executive Mansion release said. According to the release, President Sirleaf on Wednesday, September 12, joined Chinese Ambassador Zhang Yue, officials of government, members of the diplomatic corps, embassy staff and the Chinese community in Liberia to celebrate the 68th Independence Anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).The President said Liberia remains firm on the One China Policy, which has been endorsed and ratified by the Liberian Legislature, and expressed the conviction that any successive government will realize that this is the proper international position to take and respect, and will encourage the quality of cooperation that exists between China and Liberia. She made the statement at the Chinese Embassy in Congo Town, Monrovia at a ceremony marking the celebration of the 68th Independence Anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.President Sirleaf commended Ambassador Zhang for the immense contributions made to the government and people of Liberia and stressed the need that China remains a true partner and friend. President Sirleaf also praised the Chinese Government for the bilateral cooperation. She noted that China has been active in its assistance to the Liberian government and people in their endeavor to rebuild the country. She used the occasion to thank the Government of the PRC for being a major partner in the training of the new Liberian army, and providing technical, logistical and other forms of support, including the fight against Ebola.Ambassador Zhang said the China-Liberia relationship has enjoyed rapid development over the past 14 years since the resumption of diplomatic ties, especially after this administration took office, adding: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Madam Sirleaf for her continued trust established with the leaders of China to give the China-Liberia relations brilliant leadership and guidance,” he said. He noted that the stock of Chinese investments in Liberia has reached US$300 million, making China one of the major investors in Liberia. Zhang stressed that the smooth construction of the Ministerial Complex, the new airport terminal, the annexes to the Legislature, renovation of the SKD stadium and the airport’s runway rehabilitation are indicative of China’s speed and quality.The Chinese Ambassador also noted the Agricultural Demonstration Center Project, Bamboo and Rattan Weaving and Vegetable Planting Technical Cooperation projects, including the borehole project and technical assistance project to the Liberia Broadcasting System, that are progressing steadily. The Chinese envoy emphasized that China and Liberia have conducted productive cooperation in security, education, health and other sectors. Amb. Zhang pointed out that Liberia has enjoyed peaceful development including consolidated peace and stability under the leadership of President Sirleaf. “We are pleased and appreciative of unremitting efforts the Liberian Government and people have made for the economic revaluation, national reconciliation, and human capacity building under the guidance of the Agenda for Transformation and Vision 2030,” he highlighted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

No review of how university handled antiabortion groups demonstration

first_imgEDMONTON – A campus group that staged an anti-abortion protest at the University of Alberta that sparked a noisy counter-demonstration by other students and faculty has lost a court challenge over how the school handled the event.UAlberta Pro-Life was seeking a judicial review of the university’s decision not to investigate the group’s complaint that counter-demonstrators should have been disciplined for blocking its displays in 2015 that included pictures of dismembered fetuses.The group also wanted a review of the university’s decision that the group would have to pay $17,500 to cover security costs for a similar anti-abortion protest it wanted to hold in 2016.The centre wanted the court to rule that charging a security fee infringed on freedom of expression under the charter.Justice Bonnie Bokenfohr of Court of Queen’s Bench dismissed both applications.Bokenfohr ruled that UAlberta Pro-Life was treated fairly and the university was within its right to require the club to pay for security if it wanted to hold another protest.“The university recognized that the event was a form of expression and expressly stated that it values the expression of diverse points of view,” she wrote.“The decision balanced this against the university’s obligation to ensure safety and security and the financial impact on university operations.”University of Alberta officials were studying the ruling.“The University of Alberta is pleased with the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench decision to dismiss both judicial reviews related to the UAlberta Pro-Life student group events,” Bryan Alary, a university spokesman said in an email.“We have not yet had a chance to review the decision in detail and therefore reserve further comment at this time.”Jay Cameron, a lawyer for a group called the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, represented UAlberta Pro-Life in court last June.Cameron argued that campus security did nothing to prevent a “mob” of counter-protesters from disrupting the display. He also argued the school failed to adequately investigate a complaint filed by members of Pro-Life.There was no doubt that club members were harassed mercilessly, he said.“If the university wins, the mob wins,” he said at the time.Cameron said the group will appeal Bokenfohr’s decision.“We are disappointed that a party who did nothing wrong and had permission to be there would be punished and censored for the misdeeds of others,” he said Thursday.“The university code of student behaviour says it stands for free speech, but it takes courage to stand for something and not just pay lip service to it.”The university argued that its discipline officer handled the case properly when he found that rules spelled out in the school’s code of student behaviour were not broken by the pro-choice protesters.The officer had determined that the counter-demonstration was itself a form of free speech.“Free speech is not a clean process where people will always take turns and treat each other with deference,” read the officer’s conclusion that was included in the university’s brief submitted to the court.“We have to expect that profound disagreements over controversial topics may be loud and vigorous. It follows that the university should tread lightly in applying disciplinary processes when people are engaging in a conflict of ideas.”last_img read more