7. January 2014 13:33 by abdillon
Dillon takes on citizenship issue
There’s an article in World Politics Review today called “Liberia debates race-based citizenship” by Myles Estey.
I learned from the article that there is a movement led by Darius Dillon, a senior aid to Sen. Jewel Howard Taylor, to change the constitutional clause that prohibits people not of negro descent from becoming citizens.
So who is this guy? Some quick Google-ing turns up this:
- He was Cheif of Office Staff to former House speaker Edwin Snowe.
- The last US State Department Human Rights report cites the February 2008 detention of Dillion as an example of arbitrary detention: Acting on orders of House Speaker J. Alex Tyler, security forces…detained Darius Dillon, a member of the House of Representatives who was suspended for six months for testifying in court that House members had received bribes; Dillon was charged with bringing the House into public disrepute. On March 1, Dillon was released by order of the Supreme Court.
But that’s all I can find. Anyone know more about him? And his possible motivation for taking on this cause?
Update: Thanks to a Liberian friend for this comment:
Darius Dillon…was never a member of the legislature but is arguably the most high profile legislative aide. The issue of changing the citizenship law is something that he put forth months ago and has not gained traction. Frankly, I highly doubt it will go anywhere. Time after time politicians have tried to change the law to no avail. Changing [this clause] is one of the few things that constituents will take their representatives to task over. Back to Dillon, i don’t know him but he is someone to watch. He keeps popping up in political hot topics.
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