In an effort to promote transparency and effectiveness in the working on Humans Right issues across the Country, major participants in the sector have agreed to remain engaged with other stakeholders to flag issues of transparency and proper monitoring in their activities nationwide.
The forty participants representing Montserrado, Margibi, Grand Bassa, Rivercess and Sinoe Counties made the commitment Friday, July 13, 2018 in continuation of the regional civil society meetings in Buchanan city, Grand Bassa County.
According to them, accurate, effective, Transparent monitoring and networking amongst them are cardinal pillars to ensure tangible productivity in their activities.
According to Julius Konton of KMTV, the participants, many of whom are active Human Right workers, field officers of the Independent National Commission on Human Rights including some traditional leaders believed that one of the best ways for them to make impact in society is to work as a team in a unified and collaborative faction.
The participants also stressed the need for adequate support to help enhance the work that they do in Liberia.
Speaking at the program, Melvin Nyanway, Human Right Officer of the United Nations Human Rights’ office in Monrovia challenged human rights actors to work in a spirited and passionate manner to ensure that they achieve one goal.
He encouraged them to have a proper focus, workable plans and well-defined agenda if they should succeed.
“Don’t wait for situation to arise before you work, rather engaged now the proper authorities on key human rights issues noticed by you in your giving areas and scope of operations respectively,” Nyanway told the gathering.
At the same time, the Secretary General of the Civil Society Advocacy Platform, Adama Dempster lauded the efforts of his colleagues for their level of engagement done so far with national government but was quick to remind them that more needs to be done.
Dempster, who was part of a team of Liberia’s CSOs that presented report at the just ended international Human Rights meeting in Geneva urged human rights actors to work hard, be constructive in their advocacy including providing workable solutions to challenges in the country mainly from the human rights perspective amongst others.
He called on them to also be steadfast and independent in their work void of distraction and intimidation.
The Independent National Commission on Human Rights is a key party to the regional meetings.
Speaking at the program was its Coordinator at the Women, Children and Disabilities Unit; Christo Gorpudolo who reemphasized the need for proper coordination between and amongst key individuals in a move to produce results.
MadamGorpudolo said their role in the society is crucial and as such, human right actors should see themselves as important to national agenda.
She pledged the Commission’s support through their field officers across the country in working together as a team but also indicated the need for other CSOs and CBOs in Liberia to buttress their efforts in a synchronized way.
The Friday’s coordination session is the second of the regional human right meetings organized by the UN human rights’ office in Monrovia.
The two days discussions in Buchanan city, Grand Bassa County highlighted the issues of sexual gender-based violence, harmful traditional practices, the role and functions of civil society actors in protecting and promoting human right issues including active monitoring and collaboration between and amongst CSOs & CBOs and “INCHR” field officers nationally.
Participants from the inauguration of the regional meeting in Bong, Nimba and Lofa Counties are effectively collaborating as well as networking in a united front to ensure the achievement of their respective objectives.