INCHR Certificates Human Rights Monitors

By Victor C. Hanson, Jr

The Independent National Commission of Human Rights (INCHR) has trained several Human Rights monitors to assist in eradicating human rights violation in every part of the country.

Making remark at the closing program making the Pre Deployment Training for INCHR Human Rights monitors held at the INCHR office in Monrovia, the Over Sight Commissioner for Training, Communication and Information, Thomas A. Brueh said the road of the union is to react to whatever report that will reach them.

Commissioner Brueh pointed out that initially, they had one monitor in each county, but with funding from Peacebuilding, they are now able to deploy two monitors in each county; he also said that they have moved from level one to level two, and now they are asking their partners to keep up their assistance so that the union can move forward.

He added that he is so delighted to see Human Rights monitors being deployed in the rural parts of the country, and seeing it becomes a reality shows some sing of moving forward.

Commissioner Brueh stated, “The work is a dedicated job; sometimes one might be threatened but should keep playing a major role to low Human Rights violation in the country.” He also said that no monitor should go on the contrary because there will be eyes on them (monitors).

He then told monitors that the knowledge they have should not be kept to them (monitors) but rather spread out to those who do not know; because if one educates a person he or she might educate another person.

Commissioner Brueh concluded by appreciating the United Nation Development Program (UNDP) for its high level of support to the union and named River Gee, Nimba, Sinoe, Grand Kru, Maryland, Grand Gedeh, Bong, and Lofa counties.

For his part, a Rule of Law Advisor, Human Rights Section, UNMIL Keaar Poudyal, said that it is a mandate for a commissioner to have office in all part of the country, and encouraged the commissioner to push positive ideas to assist in having monitors all around the country.

Mr. Poudyal said further that it is a good idea to have those people trained but that four days training was not enough and thinks more should be done, and if one wants to be a Human Rights advocator he or she should have passion for it.

He told monitors that they should implement what they have learned to make a good impact in the country; he also said that the United Nations does not have longer time in the country so it should be in the minds of every Liberians.

Mr. Poudyal concluded that monitors should gather reports and coordinate with their union and make the dream of the commission stays alive.