September 21, 2020
Senator Dan Morais
Chair, Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs
National Legislature, Capitol Building
RE: SUSPENSION OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTER DESIGNATE’S CONFIRMATION, PENDING OUTCOME OF INVESTIGATION INTO ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT
Dear Senator Morias:
The women of Liberia under the banner of “We Are Unprotected” Campaign, write to request the suspension of the confirmation of the Foreign Affairs Minister designate, Amb. Maxwell Kemayah, scheduled for today, September 21, 2020 at 2pm.
Our request is based on the fact that Mr. Kemayah is currently the subject of grave sexual harassment and assault allegations made by a female employee of the Permanent Mission to the United Nations in
New York, USA where he worked as Ambassador, prior to his new appointment.
Attached is a copy of Ms. Whynee Cummings Wilson’s complaint as published in the local dailies. Additionally, the government
of Liberia through the Deputy Presidential Press Secretary Smith Toby has confirmed that the government through the Minsitry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection are in possession of Ms. Wilson’s complaint and an investigation will begin soon.
Mr. Senator, given the gravity of the allegations and the recent outrage over the high cases of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) against women and children in our society, it is incumbent upon you
and members of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, to suspend the confirmation hearing for today until after the government shall have completed the investigation into this matter that is scheduled to begin soon.
We believe that any action short of this, to give both Mr. Kemayah and his accuser the right to be heard, will create a cloud of doubt over our commitment as a society to address these egregious crimes especially when Rape and other forms of SGBV have been declared a National Emergency by the government.
We thank you and the committee for your personal commitment to the fight against sexual violence in Liberia.
Signed: WE ARE UNPROTECTED
- Paramount Young Women Initiative (PAYOWI)
- Community Healthcare Initiative (CHI)
- Organization of Women and Children (ORWOCH)
- Girls For Change (GFC)
- Kids Educational Engagement Project (KEEP)
- Rescue Abandoned & Children in Hardship (REACH)
- Women & Children Initiative