Liberia: Human Rights CSOs to Hold National Conference In Monrovia

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Monrovia – Liberia’s Human Rights’ Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in collaboration with Finn Church Aid (FCA) and the Center for Civil and Political Rights (CCPR) with support from the European Union (EU) are convening a one day national stakeholder’s conference on November 7, 2018 in Monrovia to increase awareness on the recommendations from the Concluding Observations adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Committee (HRC) on Liberia and to explore opportunities for the Liberian State to implement the recommendations.

The UN Human Rights Committee is the body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) by its State parties. 

All States parties are obliged to submit regular reports to the Committee on how the rights are being implemented. The Committee examines each report and addresses its concerns and recommendations to the State party in the form of “concluding observations”. 

Following Liberia’s report on its implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), and the 123rd Review Session of the ICCPR by the UN Human Rights Committee which took place on July 9th and 10th, 2018, the Committee adopted its concluding observations on Liberia, which highlighted recommendations made by the Liberian Civil Society Organizations.

The UN Human Rights Committee’s Concluding Observations outline concerns and set out appropriate measures to be taken by the government on a range of issues including Liberia’s Constitutional and legal framework; Non-discrimination and gender equality; Harmful practices and gender-based violence and Rights of the child.

Other issues for discussion include administration of justice and fair trial; Prison conditions; Conduct of police officers and excessive use of force; Death penalty; Trafficking in persons and forced labour; Freedom of expression; Impunity and past human rights violations; or Participation in public affairs and Customary land.

HRC Recommendations to be implemented within two years

The UN Human Rights Committee, in keeping with rule 71, paragraph 5, of the Committee’s rules of procedure, requested the government of Liberia to provide, by 27 July 2020, information on the implementation of the recommendations made by the Committee. 

The HRC also requested the government of Liberia to widely disseminate the ICCPR, Liberia’s report on its implementation of the ICCPR, and the Committee’s concluding observations, with a view to raising awareness of the rights enshrined in the ICCPR among the judicial, legislative and administrative authorities, civil society and non-governmental organizations operating in the country, and the general public.

Planned November 2018 Convening in Liberia

The November 7th Convening is expected to bring together various stakeholders from governmental and non-state actors working on human rights related issues with the aim of discussing ways in which the different sectors can work together and advance their common cause toward ensuring the implementation of the recommendations included in the Committee’s concluding observations.

Finally, the civil society and the human rights community call on the government of Liberia to fully implement the recommendations set forth in the UN HRC Concluding Observations and also be assured that a follow- up mechanism are being put in place by civil society and the human rights community to ensure the promotion and protection of human rights and foster the respect for the rule of law in Liberia. 

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