first_imgDSRSG Waldemar Vrey says dedicated efforts and commitment are required to address challenges to the protection of human rightsUnited Nations Mission in Liberia’s (UNMIL) Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General for Rule of Law Waldemar Vrey said in spite of the progress made, Liberia human rights protection system remains weak with a number of past and present human rights violations across the country.DSRSG Waldemar Vrey says dedicated efforts and commitment are required to address challenges to the protection of human rightsMr. Vrey made the remarks over the weekend at the official launch of the Civil Society Human Rights Advocacy Platforms – Resolution 2017 held at a local resort in Monrovia, pointing out that the situation remains unaddressed, thereby contributing to a prevailing sense of impunity.The purpose of the newly launched platform, among other things, is to consolidate human rights advocacy around Liberia to ensure its timely redress and change.Mr. Vrey said many of the recommendations of the Truth and Recommendation Commission (TRC) remain unimplemented, adding that, “the Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR) remains under-resourced and incapacitated to effectively discharge its responsibilities.”He also noted that “shortfalls within the Liberia human rights situation continued to (be characterized) by rape, sexual and gender-based violence, harmful traditional practices like female genital mutilation, forced initiation into secret societies, accusations of witchcraft and determent of the freedom of speech,” Mr. Vrey said.According to him, this situation calls for dedicated efforts and commitment to address these challenges facing the country and the people. These efforts, he said, must come from all sectors to address the situation, especially civil society organizations or actors.“All civil society actors are well placed with such tasks to sensitize the citizenry about government policies and playing the important role of supporting and empowering the people of Liberia. Because of this reason, civil society actors must consider themselves as one and place your various organizations in the position to contribute to Liberia’s peace and stability by exercising accountability to human rights issues,” Mr. Vrey said.He said many reports indicate that civil society activities continue to improve, but there exist limited capacity to monitor and report on human rights violations or to undertake initiatives on human rights issues.Mr. Vrey said it is also clear that many of the human rights organizations are only based in Monrovia, while harmful practices continue to take place in the rural areas.He further challenged civil society organizations in Liberia to focus on happenings in the rural areas and increase the positive impacts of civil society organizations in the country. Civil society organizations have a huge responsibility and duty to help Liberians continue to heal the wounds from the past by working together to find peaceful ways forward in difficult areas, he said.Mr. Vrey said the United Nations will continue to stand with all civil society organizations to improve their capacities, expressing his extreme delight at being able to join the CSOs at the official launch of the Civil Society Human Rights Advocacy Platforms – Resolution 2017.Reading the resolution, Adama K. Dempster said the platform will also ensure enhanced human rights advocacy in a manner and form that is more inclusive of the different human rights organizations and that strengthens human rights advocacy through partnership, coordination and solidity among human rights actors throughout Liberia.The platform, he said, aims to also “amplify human rights advocacy for timely redress and change and to consider advocacy on any and all human rights issues, including women’s human rights issues, sexual and gender-based violence, child rights protection, business and human rights, freedom of expression, building a democratic space, human rights in prisons and land and property rights among others.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgKILCAR 1-15 2-10 MALINMalin made the long trek south on Sunday to Kilcar, in the hope of continuing their impressive unbeaten run in the All County League but unfortunately went down by 2 points to the hosts. Terence Colhouns charges buoyed by two excellent away wins over the June bank holiday weekend against Termon and St Michaels, were forced to lineout without a few regulars, most noticeably county players Declan Walsh and Stephen Mc Laughlin, the former making a late appearance in the final quarter in attempt to salvage something for his side. It was clear from the off that this was going to be nothing like the one sided encounter in Connolly Park earlier in the season when the Towney men ran out convincing winners against a very much depleted Malin side.Both sides had soon settled into their stride and the game was all-square at 0-3 apiece when Matthew Mc Clean hit the opening goal of the game for the home side on 13 mins.The action ebbed from end to end and it wasn’t long until the Connolly Park side had edged in front courtesy of a well-taken goal from the lively Terence Doherty.Malin suffered a cruel blow when the influential Michael Byrne was shown a black card near the end of the half and an identical coloured car was shown to Kilcars David Mc Shane by referee Andrew Mullin. Both sides were locked at 1-7 apiece when the half time whistle sounded.The second half followed a similar pattern to the first and Malin had regained the lead on 32 mins with a point from Matthew Byrne who was proving his accuracy from all angles.Mark Sweeney of Kilcar was shown the 3rd black card of the afternoon but then home side then enjoyed somewhat of a purple patch hitting 5 unanswered points with Patrick Mc Brearty very much to the fore.Malin to their credit refused to buckle and when Matthew Byrne found the back of the net to leave the score 1-14 to 2-9, the game was firmly in the proverbial melting point.Malin threw everything at the home side in the final 10 mins between but unfortunately Kilcar packed their defense and were able to hold out for the win. While Terence Colhoun will undoubtedly disappointed with the outcome, he will be very pleased with his sides battling performance especially in the second half after Kilcar had went 5 points clear.Up next for Malin is a home clash with N Conaill on Sunday and if the men in Black N Amber can produce a similar type of performance, the win will be well within their grasp.Kilcar: Kevin Campbell; Pauric Carr, Conor McShane, Patrick Gallagher; Mark McHugh, Barry Shovlin, Eoin McHugh; Ciaran McGinley, David McShane; Glen McBrearty, Ryan McHugh, Mark Sweeney; Conor Doherty, Patrick McBrearty, Matthew McClean.Malin: Declan Lafferty; Conor Farren, Damian Harkin, Gary Farren; Patrick McLaughlin, Charlie Byrne, Ciaran McColgan; John Gerard McLaughlin, A Kelly, Adam Byrne, Matthew Byrne, Brendan McLaughlin; Terence Doherty, M Lafferty, Michael Byrne. ALL COUNTY LEAGUE DIVISION ONE: KILCAR EDGE OUT MALIN IN CLOSE ENCOUNTER IN TOWNEY was last modified: June 9th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAAMalinNoticesSportlast_img read more