Thursday, June 20, 2013 01:19
Human Rights Commission Holds Workshop
The Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR) commences this week a series of county-district human rights education, sensitization and training workshops across the country. The workshops and educational activities will focus mainly on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the Liberian Inheritance Law.
The initiative aims at addressing some of the critical human rights issues raised by citizens as having significant bearings on national reconciliation and healing during the nation-wide Palava Hut Program and institutional mandate awareness carried out by the INCHR from January to February this year.
Most of the citizens attending the district palava hut meetings at the time requested the Commission and other drivers of the national reconciliation process to, among other things, mainstream child rights and responsibilities, discrimination against women, minority and physically challenged groups and women's inheritance rights in their reconciliation strategies.
The Commission will therefore conduct the training workshops for some of the District Palava Hut Committees and Working Groups it previously set up and other community stakeholders in the targeted districts. The workshops are not only meant to enhance the citizens' knowledge and understanding of the human rights concerns mentioned above, but to also sustain the momentum for the National Palava Hut Program generated across the country, while the Commission is working in concert with other national and international players in the development of a national reconciliation roadmap.
As usual, Commissioners of the Commission will spearhead the current activities as per their counties of oversight.