In observance of Int’l Human Rights Day
The Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR) said it remains committed to fighting harmful traditional practices and cultures. Its acting chair, Bartholomew B. Coley, said the organization will go all out to ensure that the veil of traditional and cultural practices that supports discrimination and abuse against children, women and persons with disabilities are removed.
The INCHR, which has the statutory mandate to protect and promote human rights, convened the celebration of International Human Rights Day alongside the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), the European Union (EU), United Nations (UN) Women, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and other national and international organizations.
Colley made the pledge during a program in Tubmanburg, Bomi County marking the official closure of the 16 Days of Activism that began on November 25, and the International Day for the Elimination of all Forms of Violence Against Women.
The celebration was held under the global theme: “We are all Equal in Dignity and Rights,” with the national theme, “Advancing the Rights and Dignity of Children and Persons with Disabilities.”
Madam Racardia Dennis, executive director of the National Commission on Disabilities, who delivered the keynote address, lauded the INCHR for the platform that helps persons with disabilities.
Dennis called on the government to increase its efforts to aid persons with disabilities, and as well as vulnerable children and women.
While decrying all ill-treatment meted out to children who are abused, as well as women who are exploited, Dennis also admonished persons with disabilities to believe in themselves and strive for greater heights.
Swedish Ambassador Agnieszka Napierala thanked the INCHR and other partners for “successfully hosting the celebration and lifting the plights of the vulnerable in society.”She pledged her mission’s continuous support to the promotion and protection of human rights.
US Ambassador Christine Elder, who was represented by a proxy, pledged the US Embassy’s support to human rights defenders and called on everyone to do something that will bring about positive change.
Marcel Akpovo, head of UNMIL Human Rights and Protection Service, expressed how impressed he was by the level of maturity demonstrated by the INCHR and his confidence in the commission’s ability to handle the promotion and protection of human rights after UNMIL departs from Liberia by March 2018.
The celebration, which was preceded by a proclamation from President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, began with a parade through the principal streets of Tubmanburg with the students and persons with disabilities narrating their experiences and advancing recommendations.