The Platform for Dialogue and Peace (P4DP), a Local Civil Society Organization (CSO), in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), has launched a rule of law project that targets underprivileged communities and disadvantaged youth in an effort to provide legal services.
The project was launched under the theme, “Strengthening the Rule of Law in Liberia: Justice and Security for the Liberian People.”
The Rule by Law and Live by Law (RULLAR) project, which was launched on Tuesday, August 28, 2018, in Monrovia, is intended to build a culture of compliance with rule of law and due process that is geared at creating a harmonious working relationship among law enforcement agencies, the judiciary, and security actors.
It is also intended to empower local stakeholders to utilize the rule of law processes and procedures to end human rights abuses. The project was funded by SIDA and Irish Aid.
P4DP executive director, Jimmy Shilue, said the project is an injection to strengthening the rule of law by ensuring that stakeholders do the right thing.
“We all need to adhere to the rule of law so that our society can remain peaceful,” Shilue said.
Mr. Shilue said that the project’s target is to ensure that, “We just do not strengthen the process of rule of law, but also build confidence in the course so that Liberians can begin to trust and take advantage of the process.
“This will make our people see system as an avenue for seeking redress or that they can resort to rather than taking the trend of mob violence that have led to the death of so many innocent people,” he said.
The RULLAR project is a pilot initiative the 4DP is working with in Grand Cape Mount, Bomi and some parts of Montserrado counties.
Mr. Shilue said vigorous awareness will start from various schools across the counties and communities as a way of spreading the message to young people.
The project, according to him, came about as a result of the conviction to train young people against violence, instilling in them the values of good citizenship.
“We want to say train them before they grow. We want young people to have a better understanding and appreciation of the rule of law,” Shilue said.
UNDP’s Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist Samuel Goteh said that the RULLAR project is one important component under the entity’s rule of law project.
Shortly after he launched the project, Goteh said: “We have been working with local communities to enable them demand their rights.”
He added that legal aid will be provided to Liberians who do not have the financial strength to hire private lawyers just in case their rights have been violated.
“So under this project, we are paying serious attention to legal education as P4DP will be doing, but will also ensure that children who come in conflict with the law and others who have been detained without trial will receive legal aid and other assistance through the over 74 CSOs UNDP has assigned across the country to implement the project.
P4DP is a Liberian Peace-building NGO involved in research and participatory action activities aimed at strengthening the capacities of state and non-state actors, to prevent, manage and transform conflict through collaborative action. Established out of United Nations and Inter-peace collaboration in 2006, P4DP became an autonomous Liberian NGO since 2012.