Sunday, October 18, 2009

Prison visitation is your own risk

The Government of Liberia has warned journalists and other individuals wanting to visit the Monrovia Central Prison and other government detention facilities in the country to bear responsibility of their own securities at these centers.

Deputy Minister of Justice for Administration and Public Safety, Eva Mappy-Morgan said the facilities are insecure and allowing people or group of people visiting those areas would be chancy to their lives, though there is presence of United Nations Peacekeepers and UN trained Liberia National Police Correction Officers at these facilities especially the Monrovia Central Prison.

The Deputy Justice Minister who fall short to further detail the gravity of insecurity at the various prison and detention centers in the country, said although the government will provide some level guidance to people visiting those facilities, but their security remains with themselves.

The Ministers’ latest statement came after the Ministry of Justice, Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN) and the Liberia National Police (LNP) has refused to grant authorization to the Liberian Journalists for Human Rights and Good Governance (JHRGG) to visit the MCP and holding cells at the BIN and other police stations in the greater Monrovia area.

The Journalists in separate communications to the Justice Ministry, BIN and the Police asking for authorization to tour these facilities with the objective of among other things, getting clearer picture of the condition of prison and detention centers and expose any form of violation and abuse that would have been seen at these facilities.

The JHRGG is a collaboration of Liberian Journalists who are desirous of increasing awareness on human rights, governance and development issues in Liberia.

The actions by the law enforcement institutions to deny journalists access and subsequent declaration of these facilities as chancy have been described by pundits as very worrisome to the country’s security.

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