In the wake of the ongoing drawdown of peacekeepers of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) from the country the Vice Chairperson of the Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR) has emphasized the need to implement the Report submitted to the government by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).
At a phase two clarification of the INCHR’s mandate in relation to the TRC Recommendations, held at the National Elections Commission (NEC) in Monrovia,
Mr. Boakai A. Dukuly said if the peace is to be maintained in the absence of UNMIL, the TRC Report must not be ignored by the government and its partners.
The TRC Report should be implemented, he emphasized.
It is the responsibility of everyone to keep the peace in the wake of the UNMIL drawdown.
Mr. Dukuly called on civil society organizations, representatives of political parties and other human rights institutions to remain focused as they go about preaching the necessary messages that would maintain the peace.
He also provided an overview of the history, core mandate and functions of the INCHR, including the Palava Hut Project. He then called on the CSOs to play their role to ensure that human rights are upheld across the country when UNMIL has departed.
“The rural women are also part of the process of keeping the peace. We are mandated to working with CSOs that are involved with human rights advocacy, the economy and other aspects of national life,” Mr. Boakai added.