The Executive Director of Resource Center for Community Empowerment and Integrated Development (RECEIVED), Reverend Bartholomew Colley, says human rights violations and impunity in Liberia must stop. He observed that the violations of people’s rights and impunity were some of the root causes of the Liberian conflict, and against this backdrop, they must stop.
Rev. Colley made these assertions when he addressed a human rights workshop in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County recently.
Speaking further, Rev. Colley underscored the need for the people to know their basic rights. According to him, RECEIVED has embarked on a human rights sensitization programme under the sponsorship of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Liberia aimed at educating the people about their basic human rights.
Under the programme, RECEIVED are running community awareness and mobilization activities in about 10-districts of the four political divisions in the Southeastern region of the Country.
“And those activities are being categorized into three phases, which include: identification and mobilization, awareness and capacity building, training and semi-conferences to climax those activities.”
During the identification and mobilization, he said RECEIVED worked with community structures, some of which are women and youth groups, students, security services, civil society, local NOGs and CBOs (Community Based Organizations).
“If the local communities were to have an idea that is sustainable, then there is a way to sustain the culture of human rights and fight the culture of impunity in Liberia”, Rev. Colley noted.
The RECEIVED boss said conference methodology will afford participants to analyze how the human rights work in their communities, how they can participate in sustaining their basic rights, and how it relates to women and children rights.