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AFELL condemns women abused in Sinoe

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The Association of Female Lawyers of Liberia or AFELL, condemns the abuse of two young Liberian women in Sinoe County, describing the act as barbaric and inhumane.

The women were allegedly stripped naked and paraded recently in the streets of Greenville City, Sinoe County by some unknown men for suspected witchcraft activity.

AFELL President, Attorney Vivian Neal, says the action taken against the women is a classic example of entrenched discrimination against women in the Liberia society.

She adds that the incident also highlights the fact that mob violence is still being practiced in the society.

“It appears that some people are not aware that tradition and customary practices which infringe upon the fundamental rights of an individual, right to security and integrity of the person are subordinate and inconsistent with the Constitution of Liberia,” she says.

The Association of Female Lawyers of Liberia however, calls on the Government of Liberia to speedily bring to justice alleged perpetrators of such uncivilized and diabolical act, which is totally inconsistent with the status of civilized nation in the 21st century.

The incident, which has wide condemnation here, occurred recently in the county when unidentified men reportedly accused two young women of witchcraft activity, stripped them naked, tortured and paraded them in the streets, resulting to the death of one of the victims.

No arrest has been made in the county since the incident, as the suspected perpetrators are said to be on the run.Trial by ordeal is illegal under Liberia’s jurisprudence.
Attorney Vivian Neal –Editing by Jonathan Browne

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