-Express disappointment over gov’t’s failure to implement TRC report
The leadership of the Civil Society Human Rights Advocacy Platform of Liberia has called on the George Weah led government to strengthen the Judicial system and the security sector for the well-being of every citizen.
The group highlighted the alleged misconduct of police officers and excessive use of force, discrimination of marginalized groups, the culture of impurity and non- implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) report are among other challenges noted by the United Nations Human Rights Committee to which the government of Liberia should endeavor to implement by involving relevant stakeholders, including Human Rights-related Civil Society Organizations to ensure accountability and respect for the rule of law.
The CSOs group’s qualms were contained in a resolution they released at the end of a recently held two-day consultation dialogue in Kakata, Margibi County on the United Nations’ Concluding Observations on Liberia.
The Kakata dialogue, held from August 22-23, 2018, according to the CSO Platform’s secretary general, Adama K. Dempster, was a follow-up consultation with stakeholders, sponsored by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Liberia, and Technical Support from the Center for Civil and Political Rights based in Geneva.
The dialogue was held under the theme, “Consultation on the United Nations Human Rights Committee’s Concluding Observations on Liberia,” at its 3519th meeting held on July 23, 2018.
Mr. Dempster recalled that few years ago in Geneva, the Liberian government representative assured the UN that upon their return, the government was going to ensure full implementation of the TRC’s recommendations. According to him, since their return, the government has not said anything and has remained tight-lipped on the issue.
“Unfortunately, since we returned, the government has not shown any commitment in implementing the TRC report. It is very much frustrating to see the government not living up to her international commitment,” said Dempster.
Dempster said the issue of the TRC recommendations did not just come out of nowhere but was part of the government’s initial report written to the United Nations Human Rights Committee.
He pointed out, that the report was written for the full implementation on the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights, against which the implementation of the TRC recommendations was put forward.
Dempster said poor social services, prevalence of Gender Based Violence (GBV), harmful cultural practices, ritualistic and suspicious deaths need government speedy attention to ensure the security of people are protected.
He said members of the Civil Society Human Rights Advocacy platform of Liberia is working on thematic focus with all relevant government ministries and agencies including Gender, Children and Social Protection, Internal Affairs, Justice, the National Traditional Council of Liberia, the Independent National Commission on Human Rights and the 54th Legislature to ensue implementation of all the Human Rights Committee’s recommendations including the TRC report.
Dempster said the 50 delegates representing the CSO platforms will engage government constructively through advocacy, awareness creation and lobbying to ensure the implementation of all conducting observation.
“There is a 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 to maintain the peace avoid conflict and, he said.