Human Rights Actors Pledge to Remain Engaged on Key Issues

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To promote transparency and effectiveness in the workings of human rights issues in the country, major participants in the sector have agreed to remain engaged with stakeholders, to flag issues of transparency and proper monitoring in their activities nationwide.

The human rights actors said accurate, effective, transparent monitoring and networking are among the cardinal pillars to ensure that productivity is felt.

The participants, who were drawn from Montserrado, Margibi, Grand Bassa, Rivercess and Sinoe counties, made the commitment last Friday, July 13, in continuation of the regional Civil Society Meetings in Buchanan city, Grand Bassa County.

They also stressed the need for adequate support to help enhance the work that they do in the country, and promised to work as a team in a unified and collaborative faction.

Melvin Nyanway, Human Rights Officer of the United Nations Human Rights office in Monrovia, challenged the human rights actors to work in a spirited and passionate manner to ensure that they achieve their goal.

He encouraged them to have a proper focus, workable plan and well defined agendas if they should succeed.

“Don’t wait for the situation to arise before you work, rather engage now the proper authorities on key human rights issues noticed by you in your given areas and scope of operations respectively,” Mr.Nyanway told the gathering.

The Secretary-General of the Civil Society Advocacy Platform, Adama Dempster, lauded the effort of his colleagues for their level of engagement done so far with national government but was quick to remind them that more needs to be done.

Adama, who was part of a team of Liberia’s CSOs  (Civil Society Organizations) and presented the report at the just-ended international Human Rights Meeting In Geneva, urged human rights actors to work hard, be constructive in their advocacy including providing workable solutions to challenges in the country, mainly from the human rights perspective, among others.

He called on them to also be steadfast and independent in their work, void of distraction and intimidation.

The Independent National Commission On Human Rights (INCHR) is a key party to the regional meetings.

The Program Coordinator at the Women, Children and Disabilities Unit of the Independent National Commission On Human Rights, Christo Gorpudolo, re-emphasized the need for proper coordination between and amongst key individuals in a move to produce results. Christo said their role in the society is crucial. As such, human rights actors should see themselves as important to the national agenda.

She pledged the Commission’s support through their field officers across the country in working together as a team but also indicated the need for other CSOs and CBOs in Liberia to buttress their efforts in an energized way. The Friday’s coordination session is the second of the regional human rights meetings organized by the UN Human Rights office in Monrovia.

The two-day discussion in Buchanan highlighted the issues of sexual and gender-based violence, harmful traditional practices, the role and function of civil society actors in protecting and promoting human rights issues including active monitoring and collaboration between and among CSOs and CBOs and “INCHR” field officers nationally.

Currently, participants from the inaugural regional meeting in Bong, Nimba and Lofa counties are effectively collaborating as well as networking in a united front, to ensure the achievement of their respective objectives.

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