Liberia Law Society Cites Numerous Uninvestigated Human Rights Abuses

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Attorney Samuel Kofi Woods

Says the integrity of the Government is in question

The Liberia Law Society (LLS), an advocacy group mainly concerned with justice, has identified a number of human rights abuses and constitutional breaches it says the George Weah Administration has failed to address. Beginning with a more recent situation, the LLS condemned in stronger terms hot water Cannon and tear gas the Liberia National Police used on peaceful protesters on January 6 to disperse the crowd.

In a statement issued recently in Monrovia, the LLC concurred with the Independent National Human Rights Commission on the request it made to the government to investigate the causes of the use of force against the peaceful protesters.

The LLS in its chronicle of events that have taken place and gone uninvestigated, recalled Matthew Innis of the Central Bank of Liberia who died mysteriously and the government attributed his demise to “Hit and run.”   The government at that time said an unknown vehicle hit Innis and went away.

It also pointed out rape, sexually deviant behavior, sexual assault, and violent abuse of youths, noting that young girls have become sexual “Pawns” in an abyss of impunity, wealth and power.

The group also recalled the electoral-related violence that took place in Montserrado County Districts 13 and 15 where opposition candidates were attacked, stressing that these have gone uninvestigated that no one is held responsible up to date. LLS also flagged out persistent attacks on Montserrado County District 10 Representative Yekeh Kolubah and an attempt by the government at one point in time to prevent Jestina Taylor from traveling abroad for medication after coming under attack by unknown men.

The LLS also considers the impeachment of Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh and the replacement of Judge Ernest Bana in the Roots FM case as “Executive Tyranny and judicial subordination.”  Furthermore, it could not leave out the use of force against students of the Monrovia Consolidated School System on October 15 last year; the question of War Crimes Court, lack of action on the US$25 million mop up scandal; the missing L$16 billion, the Kingsville killing of peaceful and unarmed protesters by the Liberia National Police, and the attack on Roots FM for freedom of expression.

According to the LLS, the Laissez-passer saga surrounding the chairman of the Council of Patriots and popular talk show host, Henry Costa, is a “Fiasco” that provides ample evidence why political exiles might be on the increase signaling the rise of totalitarianism in Liberia.  The LLS lauded the Sierra Leone Government, the civil society group of Sierra Leone and those of Liberia who stood with Henry Costa to make sure that his right to life was protected.

In consonance with Montserrado County Senator Darius Dillon, the LLS is calling for the full audit of all sectors of the Liberian Government (Legislature, Judiciary, and the Executive.  “The integrity of the Government is in question since a full audit of its various sectors has not been conducted in the face of raging suspicion by the public,” LLS statement said.

The group says since the dialogue of national reconciliation and justice began gaining momentum the government has viewed it with disinterest without action; which accordingly would lead the country into its bitter past.  It further stressed that all that constituted reasons for Liberia’s ugly have been practiced today; nepotism, corruption, divisive politics and state criminalization.

The group also expressed the need for an investigation in the role of former rebel generals and combatants who are openly displaying their roles in government and threatening to arrest a sitting lawmaker while another one is planning to train a “Kru Defense Force” for the protection of the President.

The group claims that it will always advocate for human rights and justice, bringing the government’s attention to strengthening integrity institutions to curtail corruption and enhance, transparency, justice and accountability

4 COMMENTS

  1. Mehn Kofi Ghanaian Woods, you can go to hell and rot there. When your ass was in government your backside knew nothing about ” human rights abuses as your boss use live bullets on protesters killing them, while you people police inflicted police brutality on students to the extent that you people sent the police to jump through classroom windows and brutalized students. And then you have the temerity to come here to talk trash using your one man organization . You are just another Ghanaian hypocrite.
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  2. Kofi Woods, its you Kofi Woods whose integrity is in question as a result of inter alia you making intentional misrepresentations and impersonations when you take your personal thoughts to be that of an organization which is your personal property. I will not even waste my time with your lack of integrity and pretenses. When Janeh made a 90 year old widow a destitute and you were asked what were your views, did you not say you had nothing to say because Janeh was your classmate and friend? Is that what you see as human rights advocacy on your part? When you rascals want money from private donors and others you beg for money to feast your pleasures, you come to use these rants as means to extort money.

    ”Speaking earlier to their supporters, Montserrado County Senator Darius Dillon, Henry Costa, Representative Yekeh Kolubah and Telia Urey assured them of all material support in order to maintain the protesters who had vowed to sleep in the streets until President Weah answered their demands.”

    BUT NEITHER BENONI UREY, JOSEPH BOAKAI, DARIUS DILLON, HENRY COSTA, YEKEH KOLUBAH, NOR ANY OF THEIR CHILDREN, OR IMMEDIATE RELATIVES vowed to sleep in the streets until President Weah answered their demands. WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY?

    ”WORLD NEWSJULY 11, 2019 / 1:43 PM / 6 MONTHS AGO
    Police fire guns during Shi’ite protest in Nigeria capital: BUT IN LIBERIA, THE POLICE SHOULD CLAP AND DANCE FOR THE PROTESTERS!

    Senegal: Police fire tear gas at protesters! BUT IN LIBERIA THE POLICE SHOULD SING CHRISTMAS CAROLS TO PROTESTERS!

    Tear gas fired in Freetown after body left on street
    Police in Freetown, Sierra Leone, have fired tear gas as people took to the streets to complain about the authorities’ handling of the Ebola virus. BUT IN LIBERIA, THE POLICE NEEDS TO GO TO COURT TO OBTAIN ORDERS TO DISPERSE PROTESTERS!

    WORLD NEWSJANUARY 16, 2017 / 9:36 PM / 3 YEARS AGO
    Ivory Coast police fire teargas to disperse protesting students
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    ABIDJAN (Reuters) – Ivory Coast police fired teargas on Monday to disperse pupils and students protesting at government ministries in the main city, Abidjan, as nationwide strikes intensified, police and a senior union official said. BUT IN LIBERIA, THE POLICE IS SUPPOSE TO RUNAWAY!

    Senegal: Police fire tear gas at protesters
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    SENEGAL
    Hundreds of protesters on Thursday morning demonstrated against a law to change Senegal’s electoral code due to be voted on in parliament in the capital Dakar. IN LIBERIA THE POLICE IS TO JOIN THE PROTESTERS!”

    NOW ITS EASY TO SEE WHY NEITHER BENONI UREY, JOSEPH BOAKAI, DARIUS DILLON, HENRY COSTA, YEKEH KOLUBAH, NOR ANY OF THEIR CHILDREN, OR IMMEDIATE RELATIVES vowed to sleep in the streets until President Weah answered their demands.

    We who have worked with the UN are aware that tear gas and water cannons are what are used in such cases. And this is why Ellen never hesitated in even using live bullets.

    So Kofi Woods, you expected the Liberian Police to use bullets as you people ordered the police to do when you were in government living on tax payers sweat, you opportunist? Have you forgotten when your Defense minister at the time shot and killed little Shaki Kamara, and you went to the UN and lied that it was not so/ Or when you lied to the UN that there was no water problem in Liberia, when there was actually a need for water in Liberia? YOU OPPORTUNIST LACKING INTEGRITY!

    • You seem to know a lot, yet your comparison that if these things, which also happened here should be swept under the carpet because of your political support of the government of the day makes your opinion a sad story. Please know this: no amount of support for this administration and its now-present dictatorial method of governance of this country will cause it’s action to go unnoticed or be paid a blind eye. All other are being chronicled and no matter how long it takes justice will certainly prevail. So write all you guys know of how other countries mistreated their people and how they seem to go Scot free. With Mama Liberia, her case is different! Justice will prevail one day.

  3. Dear Liberians,

    There are 3 types of messing up. Addressing Ineptitude takes discipline so therefore is the most resisted.
    Let’s define some words, please:
    Ignorance – you do not know any better – so learn!
    Ineptitude – you do know better, but you did not do it this time – so put tools in place to stop that happening.
    Incompetence – you are not capable of knowing or willing to apply what others know to be better – so you should not be doing this job!

    So, something should have gone wrong; for our part in the mess were we “ignorant”, “inept” or “incompetent”?

    Our natural reaction is to not want to admit to any of those terms. If I am going to get an “I” label I want it to be “Insightful”, “Inspirational” or “Innovative”.

    As negative as these first labels seem let’s get to know and embrace them.
    “So, it is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you can win a hundred battles without a single loss”, Tsun Zu.
    Often, we are our own enemy. We have gone down this lane resulting to thousands of deaths yet, we have retaken the same lane. Are we doomed?

    However, every failing is an opportunity for improvement. Let’s pray that the situation doesn’t degenerate monstrously like our recent past.
    “We do not learn from experience… we learn from reflecting on experience.”, John Dewey.

    Pray and get set to overturn the situation come 2023. We intentionally dragged ourselves into mess anew.

    May God NEVER abandon Liberia, Amen!

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