Liberia’s Rural Human Right Activist Program in collaboration with the Association of Female Lawyers is promoting gender sensitive legal process. Executive Director Lorma Baysah says the programme is intended to promote the country’s criminal justice system thru training of police, court, prison officers as well as pre-trail detainees.
Speaking on a local radio station in Monrovia, Baysah says the program is being supported by the European Union, and that the training of police, judges and other legal personnel have been taking place in Bong, Lofa and Nimba Counties, respectively.
“This project started a year ago and we have provided a lot of training for police and judges”, he says, noting that the overall goal is to promote rule of law in the country.
He discloses that his organization will host a stakeholders’ forum, including the Ministry of Justice and Civil Society Organizations, aimed at bringing the actors together to provide some recommendations and also show case works that have been done over the years.
Director Baysah says the training of police, judges and other legal people are still ongoing in those counties. He explains that the Rural Human Rights Activists foresee Liberia as a place where there is rule of law and stability amongst its people, adding that the goal is to promote and advocate for peace and justice at community and national levels.
He adds that the RHRAP primary objective is to build an environment where human rights and democratic principles will take firm root and flourish at all levels within the Liberian society.
The Rural Human Rights Activists Programme (RHRAP), Inc. is a is a non-profit, non-governmental and non-political organization established in December 1997 by a group of activists, who believe in spreading the message of human rights to rural communities to educate rural inhabitants.
By Ethel A. Tweh