The Catholic Bishop’s Conference of Liberia has appointed Atty. Samuel Koffi Woods, II as Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (JPC) as its way of reviving the viability of the Commissionin its quest of promoting respect for human rights.
Human rights lawyer Woods served the JPC as its founding director and is known for his wealth of experience in advocacy. Actionaid’s Country Director Korto Williams is the new co-chair of the Board,while other members are Msgr. Gabriel BlamoJubwe, Parish Priest of St. Pius X Catholic Church and Caroline Borwah-Brown, MedicaMondiale’s Country Director; Morris Kollie, president of the Catholic Men’s Organization was also appointed as Treasurer.
The Catholic Bishop said the action reaffirms the JPC’s commitment to social justice and peace as well as respect for human dignity in the country.
The JPC was founded in November 1991 by the Catholic Bishop’s Conference under the leadership of the late Archbishop Michael Francis in respond to the wide spread human rights violations and abuses occasioned by the civil war.