According to the “World Population Prospects 2019: Highlights” the current world population is 7.7 billion. It is estimated that by 2030 there will be 8.5 billion people on earth, and by 2050, 9.7 billion people, the population possibly reaching its peak at 11 billion in 2100. More than half of the predicted population growth between 2019 and 2050 will be from nine countries, including, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, the United Republic of Tanzania, Indonesia, Egypt, and the United States of America (in descending order of the expected increase.) According to the report, India is projected to overtake China as the world’s most populous country by 2027.
After seeming amused at this statement, but abruptly becoming rather serious, Madame Sirleaf responded with a resounding, “It hasn’t. As simple as that.” Refusing this as a sufficient answer, Mr. Bryce-Pease persisted, “So LGBT people do not have human rights?” To which Madame Sirleaf exclaimed, “Oh, that’s not true,” and further elaborated with misinformation stating, “We’re not going to go to a law because there is no law. There is no law that decriminalizes or criminalizes at all. We believe that those matters are private matters. They are to be respected on the part of individuals and as long as there is no law that restricts it, there is no reason to try and get a law.” Not to be deterred from getting a straight answer from Madame Sirleaf, Mr. Bryce-Pease ended with one final question: “Sodomy is not illegal in Liberia?,” to which, Madame Sirleaf, after a pause, responded, “No, it’s not."