The Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR), over the weekend, began a nation-wide awareness raising tour as it gears up for the commencement of the National Palawa Hut Program.
The program is devoted to fostering post-conflict national reconciliation in Liberia.
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The tour aims to raise massive public awareness and education about the National Palava Hut Program and to set up 64 palava hut district committees in 64 political districts across the country.
This nation-wide exercise marks the beginning of the operationalization of the National Palava Hut Program crafted by the INCHR, pursuant to its inherited statutory mandate to ensure implementation of the erstwhile Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)’s recommendations on national reconciliation.
The program employs the traditional conflict resolution mechanism of “palava hut” discussion that derives legitimacy from a host of cultural influences and has the greatest leverage of acceptability and viability in the Liberian society.
The tour will help build bridges and initiate frank interactions between the Commission and relevant stakeholders including local, traditional and religious authorities, civil society representatives, women and youth groups and the citizens at large on core issues pertinent to national reconciliation, peace and unity.
The tour is being led by Commissioners with oversight responsibilities in the various counties with the assistance of a number of Coordinators and Community Volunteers recruited under the National Palava Hut Program.
The 10-day mission will lay the foundation for the official launch of the Palava Hut Program after which a series of nation-wide palava hut meetings shall follow to gauge the views and perspectives of citizens as to the way forward to achieving national reconciliation, peace and unity.
It may be recalled that Article X, Section 46 of the Act that established the disbanded Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) has conferred on the Independent National Commission on Human Rights the responsibility to ensure implementation of the former’s recommendations, including the recommendation on national reconciliation through National Palava Hut discussion.