Swedish Embassy Launches Support Project To OHCHR For Institutional Strength, Donates Cars,Motorbikes& Office Materials

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Swedish Ambassador to Liberia Ingrid Wetterqvist Wednesday officially launched a major project on strengthening the capacity of the Independent National Commission on Human Rights in Liberia.

The INCHR is the leading UN entity on human Rights and the main channel for capacity building support to the INCHR of Liberia.

The project which is supported by Sweden provided Cars, Motorbikes, office furniture, Computers among others for the enhancement of their operations.

Ambassador Wetterqvist speaking at the launching ceremony Wednesday calls for the improvement of human rights programs and activities among every citizen in Liberia.

She said Human Rights are a big part of the Swedish Development strategy and is as well fundamental for any Country’s sustainable development.

She noted that the INCHR is a vital institution in achieving such especially as a direct link to the citizens.

Also Speaking at the launching program was the Head of the Office of the High Commission of Human Rights Ochenna Emelonye who disclosed that the project hopes to achieve five cardinal objectives namely: The effective Coorporation and collaboration with Civil Society Organizations including perfect relationships, The expansion of its regional focus and the fulfillment of its original mandate order than what it is currently doing.

Others are the strengthening of gender unit to ensure a functional and effective external and internal gender mainstreaming and the proper governance structure to ensure the issue of transparency in the effective use of funds are implemented to the letter.

Meanwhile Commissioner Gray Johnson of the INCHR speaking at the launching program outline few achievements of the commission just over a few time of operations.

Commissioner Gray named the released of 54 pre-trial detainees under one year as compare to 83 in one year is one of the achievements

He noted that as a result of their monitors contribution, additional 18 pre-trial detainees were also released.

Moreover, he pointed out that the commission presented a comprehensive report in advance on the universal periodic review.

The Swedish sponsor project which officially commenced in September 2018, has over the last year enable the commission make notable progress towards achieving its policy, legislative and other mandates.