The Independent National Human Rights Commission (INCHR) in partnership with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and its international partners, including senior government officials, civil society and that of The student community celebrated international human rights day which included the closing of 16 days of activism on gender-based violence.

Speaking at the event over the weekend at Monrovia City Hall, the Chairman of the Independent National Human Rights Commission (INCHR) Cllr. Dempter Brown took the opportunity to call on the Liberian government through the national legislature and that of the Department of Justice to remove the act of the death penalty.

Cllr. Brown said the death penalty law is in force but not being implemented; something he said should be deleted in accordance with international law on the annulment of the death penalty.

He further revealed that human rights violations are key challenges facing the country due to disrespect for the rule of law by citizens which has resulted in economic and political instability.

“Our society is polarized by human rights violations due to the proliferation of drugs in all sectors of society, which gives rise to gender-based sexual violence and armed robberies,” he said. he noted.

Cllr. Brown further revealed that follow-up reports from INCHR monitors examine that gender-based violence against women can be attributed to cultural practices.

According to him, women are marginalized in decision-making, indicating that they do not have the right to own property.

Cllr. Brown added that the commission views these promulgations by the monitors as violence against women’s rights as part of cultural practices.

He further disclosed the examination of the committee’s report that child labor is on the increase, noting that parents unusually use children as breadwinners, in total violation of children’s rights.

Human rights lawyer and chairman of the Independent National Human Rights Commission revealed that police brutality, pre-trial detention and prolonged detention without trial are attributed to failure to respect the rule of law .

He urged Liberians to respect the rule of law, saying this is the way forward for the country’s political and economic stability.

Cllr. Brown also wants civic education to be instilled in citizens across the country.

He also said that women and children are frequently victims of rape, sexual abuse, including gender-based violence.

Cllr. Brown during the program launched the INCHR 2021 Human Rights Reports.

Also speaking at the event, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Liberia Niels Scott said that exclusion and discrimination as well as millions of children are deprived of their rights education, only inequalities decrease among other things.

According to him, the UN adopted this date on December 10 as international human rights day stressing that the key is intended to achieve all human rights which include, cultural, social, economic, political for all peoples of the world.

Mr Scott said recovery from the coronavirus pandemic should be an opportunity to expand human rights and freedom and to restore confidence in justice, including laws and institutions, with confidence and dignity.

For his part, the Liberian Minister of Justice and Attorney General Cllr. Frank Musa Dean reaffirmed the government’s commitment to address the issue of human rights.

He said the government has put in place measures to strengthen the justice system and the rule of law.

Cllr. Dean, however, praised the international partners for their commitment and support to the country, especially the justice sector.

Speaker of the House of Representatives Rogers Domah also spoke, who highlighted the role of the legislature in addressing the issue of human rights across the country.

He assured the Commission that his committee would work closely with them to provide this basic information to the public and worked to mitigate the factors that are responsible for the increase in human rights violations.