In an effort to promote and protect human rights issues and activities in Liberia about fifty Civil Society Organizations in Liberia have affixed their signatures to an agreed resolution calling on national government to duly adhered to such national as well as international document.
The decision came following the August 22-23 2018 consultation in Kakata City Margibi County between the Civil Society Advocacy Platform in Liberia and the Center for Civil and Political Rights based in Geneva.
With support from the United Nations Office Of The High Commissioner For Human Rights (OHCHR)in Liberia the gathering was convened under the subject: Consultation on the United Nations Human Rights Committee’s concluding observations on Liberia at its 3519th meeting (CCPR/C/SR.3519)held on 23 July 2018.
The body acknowledges that Human Rights violations are prohibited globally by various international human rights instrument which Liberia is party to including knowing that human rights adherence is among the features of a civilized and democratic states that gives the citizens liberty and freedom which all state parties are under obligations to ensure that they are fully protected.
The resolution highlights the congestion of prisons, poor social services, prevalence of gender based violence and other harmful cultural practices.
Others are: ritualistic and suspicious deaths, death penalty, strengthening of judicial system and the security sector-conduct of police officers ad excessive use of force, discrimination of marginalized groups, culture of impunity and non-implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Report amongst others.
The Civil Society Platform through the resolution wants the Government of Liberia to implement it by involving relevant stakeholders including Human Rights CSOs to ensure the respect for the rule of law and accountability and many more which the Government is committed to.
The platform reminded the Government of the July 9th-10th 2018 agreement in response to the twenty-six list of issues that came out of the Liberian government’s initial report which was submitted in 2016 to the treaty body on the ICCPR implementation.
Reading the resolution Monday September 3, 2018 the Secretary General of the Civil society
Human Rights Advocacy Platform was Adama Dempster who encouraged all relevant agencies of government including other key stakeholders to include the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Justice, Internal Affairs, National Traditional Council of Liberia, The Independent National Commission on Human Rights and the 54th National legislature to ensure the implementation of all of the human rights Committee’s recommendations.
In a move to ensure effectiveness of civil society activities Adama calls on donors to assist CSOs in funding different projects which will be formulated by human rights CSOs aim at engaging with relevant state and non-state actors as well as advocacy around issues coming out of the concluding observations.
The resolution stressed there need to conduct a validation perception survey to understand public perception on the need to harmonize both customary and statutory laws of Liberia to conform with international human rights treaties that Liberia has signed in order to avoid conflict and maintain the peace.
CSO seeing itself as key to the process wants to as well create awareness with the public especially those in the rural areas on the framework to mapped up the implementations of the concluding observations.
Recognizing some of the challenges tied to education and health, the resolution deemed it necessary to call on the Ministry of Education and Health to include CSOs advocacy for the inclusion of sexual Reproductive Health and Awareness in Schools’ curriculum as well as asking for budgetary increments to two ministries to ensure the full execution of those programs.
The platform believes that with proper collaboration and coordination between and amongst key actors and stakeholders they will achieve more and help promote and protect human rights issues across Liberia.