Civil Society Group Condemns Violence in Sinoe

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The Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) of Liberia along with its working group on concessions has condemned the recent violence at Butaw in Sinoe County.

The CSO has therefore called on the Independent Human Rights Commission to conduct an investigation into the incident.
The Civil Society Council’s view in a statement about recent attacks at the Golden Veroleum oil palm plantation in Sinoe County notes that it is troubled by the wave of violence in the country leading up to the withdrawal of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).

The council in the statement called on state institutions, particularly the Liberia National Police to use the law to bring perpetrators of the violence to book and to ensure that the rights of every party are observed under due process.
The Civil Society Council in its “non-judgmental” view also urged communities to exercise restraint, avoid all forms of violence and seek peaceful redress to their grievances.

Given the many violent instances between concessions and host communities, the council called on government to devise alternative dispute resolution mechanisms to find solutions to the emerging problems.
It also called on UNMIL to intervene by increasing security to the LNP in order to prevent the problem from escalating further.

Meanwhile, violence has been creeping into the country over time raising concerns as to what Liberia will become when UNMIL leaves the ground.
On April 16 there was a wave of violence in Monrovia between motorcyclists and the LNP, which led to the burning of police depots in Paynesville.

About two weeks ago, there was violence that arose from an accident leading to the death of a motorcyclist in Ganta, Nimba County, and a truck was set ablaze by angry motorcyclists.

In the past a wave of violence had stormed communities in which Sime Darby operates in western Liberia.
These incidents of violence coupled with accusations of police brutality leaves the public wondering where the country will be in the aftermath of UNMIL’s departure.

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