Liberia on Monday, October 22, joined the rest of the World to celebrate African Human Rights Day 2018.
The program was hosted by the Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR).
The Commission indicated that that human rights is at the center of everything done throughout Africa.
The one day event was held at the Monrovia City Hall in Sinkor, under the theme: “A Corruption free Liberia is a sine QUA Non to advancing Humans and People’s Rights.”
The international theme was: “Fighting corruption and advancing Human Rights our Collective Responsibilities.”
The program also brought together students from various institutions, civil society and pro-democracy groups among others.
Student Korpo Gaygay of the Len Millar high school read the proclamation in observance of the Africa Human Rights day Liberia 2018.
The day celebration was also characterized by live culture troop performances, school competitions and among others things.
Addressing the gathering, the Minister of Justice, Cllr. Frank Musa Dean, through a proxy,
said, it is now time for young people to take center stage in protecting human rights in Africa, because people’s rights are being violated around the world and Africa is no different.
The Proxy of Minister Dean, Cllr. Kou Dorliae, who is also Assistant Minister of Justice for Economic Affairs said youths in Africa face underemployment and lack skills and education, a situation that is preventing them from participating in the promotion of human rights.
Assistant Minister Dorliae said if 60 percent of the population is not participating in what is happening in Africa, then, it is troubling.
She added that such problem needs to be addressed in order to secure the future of the younger generation.
The Assistant Minister of Justice said the day is about giving value to human lives, and getting the youths involved in society, “because it is important for them to know what human rights are about.
Madam Dorliae then challenged the students that after the day’s celebration, they must play a major role in promoting the rights of others.
She underscored the need for young people to know what human rights are through education and awareness.
Also speaking in an Exclusive interview with INSIGHT, the Special Representative of the ECOWAS Commission in Liberia, Ambassador Babatunde Agisomo said Corruption should not be left along.
Ambassador Agisomo indicated that corruption is a major problem across Africa and should not be taken lightly in Liberia.
He said, if Liberia must be developed and graduate from extreme poverty, the first step is to fight Corruption and that should be the collective efforts by all Liberians as opposed to depending on the Government along.
He said corruption is everybody business and therefore should be eradicated by Liberians and not the Government along.
“The fight against Corruption is everybody business and not the Government along, because it is everywhere across Africa, in the home, school, private and public sectors,” he said.
Ambassador Babatunde Agisomo then commended the African Union (AU) in celebration of the African Human Rights Day.
Meanwhile , this year, the celebration looks at the youth as the drivers of change in every African society as they constitute 60 percent of African population with the view that if the youths take part in human rights then the future of promoting and protecting them can move forward.
Human rights are the basic rights and freedoms of every person from birth until death.
“ They apply regardless of where you are from, what you believe or how you choose to live your life. Those rights can never be taken away, although they can sometimes be restricted – for example, when a person breaks the law, or in the interests of national security.”
The day is celebrated on October 21, every year throughout Africa to ensure that the rights and freedoms of every citizen are protected.
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