The Independent National Commission on Human Rights has sharply reacted to the Friday, September 24 edition of the Independent Newspaper publication in which the Commission was accused by Solicitor General, Syrenius Cephus of making statements in respect of the conduct of certain officials of the government
Responding to the Solicitor General statement, the Chairperson of the Independent National Commission on Human Rights, Cllr. Dempster Brown said the commission is an independent and non-political human rights institution with a mandate to protect and promote human rights throughout the country.
“The INCHR call is in line with 2005 Act of that created the Independent National Commission on Human Rights to draw the government attention to human rights violation in any part of the country,” Cllr. Brown said.
Cllr. Dempster reminded Cllr. Cephus that the commission will not be deterred by falsehood and misstatement of facts and hyper-counter claims geared at suggesting that INCHR is on a smear campaign to damage the reputation of government officials.
According to him, the Commission Wednesday, September 22, press statement drew government attention to a multiplicity of human rights issues and incidents affecting the daily lives of the Liberians.
Among other issues raised, he said the Commission address persistent disappearances and mysterious deaths of peaceful citizens, including the alleged ritualistic killing of vulnerable women and children.
“There is a need to put an end to such action where necessary, and the prevention of such violation,” he added.
He believes that the commission is acting within the confines of its official mandate, to remind the government to investigate occurrences or allegations in the contest of State obligation as contained in Article-3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
“Pursuant to such mandate, the INCHR reminds Cllr. Cephus that mysterious death and death and disappearances are core human rights issues that violates the fundamental rights of Liberians,” Cllr. Brown stated.
At the same time, the INCHR has reaffirmed its mandate to protect and promote the rights of Liberians and residents throughout the fifteen counties and to lift the image of the country by contributing to a human right friendly environment.
Cllr. Brown further maintained that these violation is now creating fear and restricting the movement of people in the country as well as violation of international right.
The Commission further reminds the Solicitor General that in fulfillment of its duty, it will not be deterred by falsehood and misstatement of facts and hyper-counter claims geared at suggesting that INCHR is on a smear campaign to damage the reputation of government officials.
At the same time, the INCHR has reaffirmed its mandate to protect and promote the human rights of Liberians and residents throughout the fifteen counties and to lift the image of the country by contributing to a human right friendly environment where investment will bloom social and economic prosperity.
He believes it was time that the government put in place a mechanism to immediately curb violations in the country.