2011 joint Nobel Peace Prize winner Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has defended proposed Liberian legislation that will make homosexuality a criminal offence.
In an interview with the UK’s Guardian newspaper, President of Liberia Sirleaf stated that she would not sign anything relating to decriminalising homosexuality.
“We have certain traditional values in our society that we want to preserve,” she told the paper.
The interview was shared with former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, who was in Liberia with his charity AGI (Africa Governance Initiative) that aims to strengthen African governments and help reduce poverty.
Tony Blair was a strong advocate on gay rights during his time as Prime Minister and helped to pass a law on civil partnerships. Nevertheless, he would not comment on President Sirleaf’s remarks.
Norwegian Nobel Institute director Geir Lundestad also kept his peace about Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s statements when asked for a comment by Aftenposten.
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