Monrovia, Liberia - Vice President Joseph N. Boakai says the Unity Party led Government is committed to building a vibrant democracy and therefore fully subscribes to the respect for human rights.">

"Government Committed to Upholding Human Rights", Veep Boakai Assures

Monday, 2nd April 2007
Monrovia, Liberia - Vice President Joseph N. Boakai says the Unity Party led Government is committed to building a vibrant democracy and therefore fully subscribes to the respect for human rights.

He said the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf-led Government would welcome and protect any initiative to teach Liberians about their rights and responsibilities.

Vice President Boakai gave the assurance Monday when a four-man team from the U.S based Youth for Human Rights International accompanied by Deputy Justice Minister Counselor Joseph Jallah, paid a courtesy call on him to acquaint him with their mission in Liberia.

He described the work of the group as a very important form of youth empowerment, and for people to know their obligations as citizens or members of society, and pledged government’s fullest support to their endeavor.

He lamented the mentality in Liberian society to shift blame on the government when things go wrong. “When people steal electric wires, they blame the government, forgetting their own responsibility to help protect government property”.

Briefing the Vice President earlier,  the Director of the Youth for Human Rights International,  American Lawyer Timothy Bowles, said his organization teaches young people articles of the Universal  Declaration of Human Rights in ways that they can relate to, including video shows, and not just through the use of “dry language”.

He said in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, National Human Rights Commission and the Foundation for International Dignity, they have been holding workshops with representatives of seven high schools in Monrovia in furtherance of their objectives.