By Jefferson D. Tweh
United Nations Mission in Liberia (UMIL) has handed over twenty-one thousand copies of Liberia’s constitution to the Constitutional Review Committee (CRC) at the ceremony held in Monrovia at the main office of the Constitutional Review Committee in Sinkor.
The constitution booklets were reproduced as an UNMIL Quick Impact Project and the booklets will be distributed by the constitutional Review Committee across Liberia as part of its nationwide civil education campaign to raise broad awareness about the current constitution.
Speaking at the program yesterday in Monrovia, UNMIL’s Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General (DSRSG) for Rule of Law, Mr. Tamrat Samuel disclosed that it is vital that many citizens should engage in the review of their constitution to ensure that the fundamental rights of every person are protected in post-conflict Liberia.
Mr. Samuel said it will help people address past inequities and ensure the equitable provision of government services to strengthen the long term foundations of Liberia’s peace and stability.
Chairperson of the Constitutional Review Committee Cllr.Gloria M.Scott has lauded the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) for its unanimous support given the constitutional Review Committee to conduct a nationwide civil education campaign across the country, “over the coming months the CRC, together with civil society partners, will begin to hold educational meetings and consultations with citizens in the fifteen counties.
“We want every citizen to have an opportunity to raise concerns and issues that are important to them as we review our constitution, because the constitution belongs to the Liberian people and I want to encourage every Liberian citizen to participate in nationwide community meetings that will soon be taking place across the country,” Cllr. Scott averred.
The Constitutional Review Committee is a presidentially appointed committee tasked to lead the process that will produce appropriate constitutional amendments and the CRC is expected to undertake an exclusive civil education and public consultation process on the 1986 constitution, based on which it will propose amendments to the constitution because the constitution is the highest law of the land and contains the fundamental principles according to which the state is governed, setting out the nature, functions, and limits of the government.