Sunday, October 18, 2009

ARRAL condemns abuse of Liberian Children

The Anti Rape Reporters Association of Liberia (ARRAL) has condemned the act by the civilian staff of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) for the sexual abuse and exploitation of Liberian children.

A statement issued in Monrovia over the weekend said it is cognizant of the fact that one of the prime suspects of UNMIL who was under probe allegedly committed suicide as a means of perhaps escaping justice, the government of Liberia should leave no stone unturned in speedily bringing to book all those linked to the crime.

The deceased, Ford Knight allegedly committed the crime on August 24, after being restricted to his Old Road residence by state security and UNMIL because of his pre-existing medical condition.

At the same time, the group is commanding President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for the nomination of commissioners to the Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR).

The group said the nomination of commissioners of the INCHR signifies the President’s commitment to the promotion, protection and respect for the rights of every Liberian.

According to the group, the nomination also shows the Liberian Leader unwavering support and desire to upholding the rule of law as promised in her inaugural address on 16th January 2006.

The INCHR, the release furthered is, in addition to its mandate charged with the responsibility to monitor and ensure the implementation of the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and address other human rights concerns in the Country.

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