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George Weah under pressure over rise in rape cases

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Liberia’s President George Weah has come under criticism for not personally receiving a petition from protesters campaigning for anti-rape laws to be strengthened.

This follows a rise in attacks with close to 1,000 rape cases reported since January.

For three days hundreds of people have marched through the capital, Monrovia.

Some are angry that Mr Weah has not spoken out on the issue – especially after he pledged to guarantee women’s rights and has even described himself as Liberia’s “feminist in chief”.

Activists are asking for criminal courts to be set up across the country so that cases of sexual violence can be tried.

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