FCA, AFELL Hold Dialogue on Criminal Justice System

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A thorough review of the Criminal Justice System (CJS) in three of the 15 counties will take place at a national dialogue in Monrovia today. The dialogue is an initiative of the Finn Church Aid (FCA) in partnership with the Rural Human Rights Activists Program (RHRAP) and the Association of Female Lawyers of Liberia (AFELL).

The conference, which focuses on CJS situations in Bong, Lofa and Nimba counties, will be held at the iCampus, my Market Place Building, a statement said yesterday.

Representatives from the Ministry of Justice, the Judiciary, United Nation Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), the Liberia National Police, donor community and civil society are expected to grace today’s ceremony. It is anticipated that the invited stakeholders will dialogue and share pertinent information around issues affecting the implementation of the country’s effective criminal justice system.

Today’s gathering is accordingly intended to solicit recommendations, build coalition and consensus to promote and protect the rule of law and fundamental human rights of community residents.

In 2017, RHRAP and AFELL in collaboration with FCA monitored prison facilities and provided training in various areas for correction and police officers, community and religious representatives, detainees, lawyers and magistrates. The training was geared towards promoting the rule of law and fundamental human rights of individuals and groups in various communities.

Additionally, the statement said that “The program will continue to provide legal representation for pretrial detainees at prison facilities in the three counties, as well as organizing county level dialogue forums that will bring together key stakeholders, including local government institutions, non-governmental organizations, representative of UNMIL human rights and rule of law sections, youth and women groups, and religious representatives to contribute to the maintenance of the rule of law and fundamental human rights of community residents.”

FCA and its collaborating partners are implementing the project titled: “Providing Access to Justice and Gender Sensitive Legal Awareness at Grassroots Level” in the three counties.

The program seeks to promote national government’s efforts to establish an effective criminal justice system in the country as well as promote and protect the fundamental human rights of community residents, which are fundamental pillars of democracy.

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