ACAT Embarks On Sensitization Initiative

A local anti-torture, anti-death penalty, prison reform mental health advocacy organization ended sensitization workshop for stakeholders and other community leaders and members in Tubmanburg, Bomi County.

The one-day sensitization workshop organized by Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture (ACAT-Liberia) through the sponsorship of the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture (UNVFVT) for stakeholders and other community leaders and members in Tubmanburg, Bomi County on Friday, 10 May 2013.

The theme of the workshop was “Enhancing knowledge and understanding to effectively fight against torture/trauma and support its victims/survivors”. The workshop was intended to increase the knowledge and understanding of stakeholders and other community leaders and members on war trauma and torture and its psychosocial effects on the individuals and community.

The workshop was opened with a key note address from Jean Paul Mugahowishema, NHRO-Human Rights Monitor/Officer UNMIL-Sector-A-1-Tubmanburg, Bomi County.

Mr. Mugahowishema said the sensitization workshop was intended to remind the security sector and the government of Liberia (GOL) it compliance to the United Nations Convention against Torture (UNCAT) and its Optional Protocol (UNOP).

The workshop brought together representatives from Ministry of Gender and Development (MOGD) , Liberia National Police(LNP), Community Health Team, (CHT), Defense for Children International (DCI), Liberia National Red Cross (LNRC), Women and Children Protection Unit, Plan- International, Radio Bomi, Pentecostal  Elementary and Junior School, St Dominic Catholic High School, Child Fund (CF),County Authority and community leaders

ACAT-Liberia is a national non-governmental organization that seeks to abolish and prevent the commission of torture, trauma and other forms of human rights abuses.

The organization (ACAT-Liberia) promotes the rights and care of victims and survivors, as well as protects individuals from all forms of human right abuses by advocating for legal and policy reforms, monitoring Government’s adherence to the promotion and protection of human rights.

The group also rehabilitates victims and survivors of torture and other human rights abuses or violence and the building of the capacity of key stakeholders.

ACAT-Liberia also heightens the consciousness of Churches and of Christians of the existence of torture and of the necessity, in light of their faith, to strive for its abolition.

The one day sensitization workshop was held in the City Hall of Tubmanburg, Bomi County.