An official of the United Nations Mission in Liberia or UNMIL has alarmed over the upsurge of rape cases in Liberia.
Speaking in an interview with this paper over the weekend in Kakata, Margibi County during a two-day workshop aimed at strengthening the capacity of UNMIL’s Human Rights Section and other auxiliaries, the head of the section Eugene Nindorera, stressed the need to treat rape cases with serious attention because the crime is on the rise in Liberia.
He called for adequate public sensitization and urged the public in general, particularly family members of raped victims to report cases as they unfold. The human rights boss want prosecutors and those playing key roles in the fight against rape to be accountable and take their responsibilities very serious.
He said the workshop was aimed at strengthening the capacity of UN staff, especially officers of the Human Rights Section to enable them properly monitor Liberia’s legal system and give pieces of advice to enhance the capacity of national partners.
Nindorera pointed out that conducting such workshops regularly will enable staffers of the section to adequately understand the issues as they unfold in order to design specific strategies to address them as well as coordinate with national partners, including government, specifically the Independent National Commission on Human Rights and Civil Society. Nindorera: “Crimes and violence are on the decrease, but there are still some challenges.”