The Secretary-General of the Civil Society Human Rights Advocacy Platform of Liberia says it is about time that the government fully implements recommendations set forth by the UN on rule of law in the country.
According to Adama Dempster, the recommendations set forth by the UN concluding observations, promotion and protection of human rights would foster rule of law in the country.
The CSOs’ call comes in the wake of the United Nations Human Rights Committee’s consideration of Liberia’s initial reports at its 305 and 3451 meetings held in July, 2018 in Swaziland.
The committee, according to the CSOs, adopted its concluding observations which highlighted recommendations made by the Civil Society Human Rights Advocacy Platform of Liberia, CSO groups and other stakeholders.
According to its Secretary-General, the group highlighted one of the recommendations on impunity and past human rights violations, which have been selected by the UNHRC as a priority for full follow-up procedures.
He noted that
“the committee further welcomes the progress made by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), but expressed concern that none of the alleged perpetrators of gross human rights violations and war crimes mentioned in the reports has been brought to justice.”
He reminded the Government of Liberia of its huge obligations, most especially issues in the reports that note with concern the absence of a comprehensive program of amendments, to ensure that the TRC recommendations which remain a challenge are fully implemented.
The group also pointed out the issues of impunity and past human rights violations, non-discrimination and gender equality, harmful practices and gender-based violence, the death penalty, conduct of police officers and excessive use of force.