INCHR, Partners Celebrate International Human Rights Day


By: Washington Tumay

MONROVIA-The Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR)  in partnership  with  the United Nations Officer of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)    and its international partners  including top government officials  the civil society  and  that  of the students community  have celebrated   the international human rights day   that was inclusive  of   the closure  of the 16  days  of activism on Gender Based Violence.

Speaking  during  the event over  the weekend end  at  the Monrovia City Hall,  the Chairperson  of  the   Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR) Cllr. Dempter Brown used  the occasion   to call  the Liberian Government  through  the National legislature  and  that of the Ministry of  Justice  to do away  with  the act  of death penalty .

Cllr. Brown  said  the law  of death  penalty  is on the book  but  it is not being implemented;  something  he said needs  to be deleted in line with  the international law  on aborting  death penalty.

He further disclosed that Human Rights Violations are key challenges facing the country due to the citizens disrespecting the rule of law that have resulted to political economic instability.

“Our society  is polarized with human rights violations  due  to the proliferation   of drugs in every sector of the society ,which give rise  to sexual assort gender based  violence  and armed robbery,” he noted.

Cllr .Brown further disclosed that the   monitoring reports by INCHR monitors review that gender based violence against women can be attributed to cultural practices.

According to him, Women are marginalize in decision making indicating that they are not entitle to own properties.

Cllr. Brown further said the commission considers such promulgated by the monitors as violence of the rights of women under cultural practices.

He further disclosed  the  commission report  review that  child labor is on the upsurge  noting  that parents unusually  use  children for breadwinners  for  their families  in total  violation  of the rights of child.

The human rights lawyer and chairperson of  the Independent National Commission on Human Rights disclosed  the Police brutality , pretrial  detention , prolong detention  without trial  are attributed  to the disrespect  of the rule of law .

He urged Liberians to respect   the rule of law    indicating that it is the get way for political and economic stability   of the country.

Cllr. Brown also wants civic education to be instill into the citizenry across the country.

He also said women and children are frequently subjected to rape, sexually abuse including gender based violence.

Cllr. Brown during the program launched the INCHR 2021 human rights reports.

Also speaking during the event the United Nations Resident Coordinator to Liberia Niels Scott said exclusion and discrimination   as well as millions of children are missing on their rights    education, inequality is dipping among others.

According  to  him,  the UN Adopted   that on December 10  as international human rights day stressing  that  the key  is  intended   to realize  all human rights  that included , cultural , social , economic ,  political  for all people cross  the world.

Mr. Scott  said recovering  from  the coronavirus  pandemic   should an opportunity  to expend  the human rights  and freedom  and  to rebuild trust  in the justice including  the  laws  and institutions  with confidence  and dignity  with in its range.

For his part, Liberia Justice Minister and Attorney General Cllr. Frank Musa Dean reaffirmed    the Government’s commitment to addressing the issue of human rights.

He said the government has instituted measures   in strengthening   the justice system and the rule of law.

Cllr. Dean however extolled the international partners   for the commitment and support   to the country, particularly to the justice sector.

Also speaking  was   the Chairperson  on Human and Civil Rights at  the House of Representative Rogers Domah  who  highlighted  the role  of the legislature   in addressing  the issue  of human rights across  the country.

He assured  the Commission  that  his committee  will work closely   with  them  to  provide  those basic information  to  the public  and  worked  in mitigating  those factors   that are responsible  for the increase  of  human rights violations.

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