‘Make Use of Regional Remedies on Human Rights Issues,’ Says INCHR official

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A Director at the Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR), Attorney Urias Teh Pour,  has called on Liberians and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Liberia to make use of regional remedies in order to seek redress on human rights issues.

Atty. Pour made a presentation on “Special Character of International Human Rights Law and the Process of Domestication,” during a day-two engagement with the INCHR.

He said there are remedies provided by protocols signed by ECOWAS, the leadership of the African Union, and other regional organizations; therefore, Liberians should seize the opportunity to take up issues with these regional bodies for redress.

Attorney Pour, who is also a senior civil society activist, said they are resolved in pushing both locally and internationally, to ensure that a war crimes court is set up to prosecute perpetrators of crimes that occurred in the country during the crisis periods.

Adama Dempster, secretary general of the Civil Society Organizations Human Rights Action Platform, has promised that his fight to ensure that people account for their actions during the country’s civil crisis is not reversible.

Dempster said that as part of efforts for a war crimes court, several international experts on war crimes and crimes against humanity will be visiting Liberia to access the possibility of establishing a war crimes court in the country.

“Advocacy is about time and chance, therefore, we thought that we could give a space to get the best time and space, and we feel this is the best time to push our advocacy,” Mr. Dempster said.

According to Dempster, advocacy for the establishment of a war crimes court could not be pushed during the regime of President Ellen Johnson -Sirleaf, because Madam Sirleaf is perceived as a party to some of the crimes committed against the Liberian people.

“The fact that somebody will admit to giving US$10,000 to a warring faction for humanitarian work, is a clear example that advocacy for war crimes court was not the best option during the past regime,” Dempster said.

Roosevelt Jayjay said the office of the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Liberia signed an agreement with the Liberian government on April 1, 2018, with a mandate to promote and protect human rights through different strategies, including technical cooperation arrangements, capacity building, training, awareness raising, technical assistance, human rights monitoring, investigations and documentation.

He said violations range from extrajudicial killings reportedly by police; police abuse, harassment and intimidation of suspects and other citizens; arbitrary arrest and detention, most time leading to protracted pre-trial detention; lack of accountability in cases of violence against women and children, including rape, domestic violence and traditionally harmful practices.

Jayjay said that on the other hand, impunity remains a serious problem for individuals adversely mentioned in atrocities committed during the civil wars as well as for those responsible for current and continued crimes.

The two-day Technical Engagement session with INCHR in strengthening its capacity in engaging with and providing technical guidance to the Legislature on law reforms and bills and human rights advocacy and accountability are among several activities the OHCHR is undertaken.

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  1. The inability of Liberians to remain discreet in their undertakings will lead to the imminent downfall of their nation. Do we have to be vocal about everything we do? Oh, you think everybody loves you and therefore are looking out for your good interest. It’s unsettling to me that each time we speak development, you hear names like IMF, World Bank, UN etc popping up all over the place… Do we now lack the mind or intellectual capacity to deal with our own problems? And are we blind that we cannot see that these are the agents responsible for our demise. We are always taking their advises, we are always looking up to them for help since the inception of our nation but yet we see that the more they claim to be helping us the more we are sinking down the rabbit hole. They claim to be our friends and are here to help us but the more we retrogress. When we take couple steps forward, have you noticed something tragic always happen that causes us to move four steps backward. While some of you may sit down thinking we are making progress, in reality we are retrogressing. And the reason of you thinking that way is because black people globally, we are always looking at things from our personal experience instead of looking at the overall of our brothers and sisters or nation suffering.
    The so-called United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights cannot be trusted. I say so-called because who’s right are they protecting? How about they start by protecting the rights of the Africans who are being systematically exterminated in America through the American police force, CIA, FBI, and the pharmaceutical apparatus. They increase the cost of apartments and reduce the pay for black folks which forces them into the slums and ghettos then the CIA and FBI pour in the drugs to increase the crime rate. Here comes the police, killing, arresting and locking them up in jail. You don’t have to be in America to know these things are happening but when these liars come to you with their false hopes, you do not question them about the injustices being committed to your brothers and sisters in the nation they sit in. The UN is another government agent for America, you cannot trust them in any shape or fashion needless to say trust them on human right issues because they have violated more human rights than all the African warlords combine. And these are the same people you want to join hand together with in redressing human right issues? are you out of your freaking mind…and you wonder why Africa never progress or move forward.

    We could learn something from what the Apostle Paul said in his second epistle to the church in Corinth.

    2 Corinthians 11:14 and 15 “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

    V15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”

    Some of you think Satan will come to you looking hideous or he’s going to tell you, hey, I’m Satan the devil…here I am. Some of you see him everyday and don’t even know it. Some of you sleep next to him, yes and even kiss him saying, oh, he’s so handsome or beautiful. But slowing and surely, he’s destroying you from within. And once he’s done with you, he will fly to his country.

    The inability of African nations to remain discreet in their undertakings will lead to the imminent downfall of their nations.

    Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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