The Liberia Law Society (LLS), a local human rights advocacy group, has registered its concern over some major pending human rights cases in Liberia and called on the Ministry of Justice to exert effort to prosecute them to yield the needed results.
In a statement issued on June 1, the Liberia Law Society welcomed decision by government to drop charges against Movement for Progressive Change (MPC) political leader, Simeon Freeman, but registered that the newly appointed and confirmed Attorney General, Cllr. Fredrick Cherue, attends to the unfinished and inconclusive cases of Vandalark Patricks, the late Michael Allison and Harry Greaves, Ms. Esther Gblain and the late Victoria Zayzay.
The Law Society also mentioned cases of the September 30 incident in Ganta, Nimba County, and the violence at ArcelorMittal Liberia’s facility in July 2014, the incarcerated Liberians from Grand Gedeh, violence at the Golden Veroleum facility in Sinoe County and the overcrowding at the
Monrovia Central Prison as human rights issues the Justice Ministry should seek to address.
The collective views put forward by Attorney-at-Law Samuel Kofi Woods, II and Cllr. Charles Karmoh noted that while pardoning Simeon Freeman is welcoming, it is incumbent upon the Attorney General to promote justice and protect the rights of all Liberians.
The Liberian government this week announced that it has dropped criminal charges against MPC political leader Simeon Freeman, who early this year voiced out that he and others were blacklisted to be assassinated.
His statement came after the mysterious death of Harry Greaves, and he escaped after the Liberia National Police invited him for query regarding the public statement made.
LLS also raised alarm that there are many cases of rape and sexual assault and abuse in the country, and that these cases need to be given attention in the justice system so as to remind people about laws against such abuses.
The local human rights advocacy group also emphasized that government is yet to conclude the decriminalization of defamation laws being expressed in several public utterances.
“In each of these cases, we seek justice! We intend to continue to engage government on these issues,” the statement noted.
The executives of the Liberia Law Society also indicated that such is the burden Justice Minister Fredrick Cherue has inherited and now becomes a responsibility, noting, “We intend to work with you but will not compromise our position on human rights, justice, peace, respect for the rule of law and the consolidation of our democratic order.”