The Programme aims to ensure that justice and security policies and systems are in place to deliver effective and timely services to citizens in line with Liberia’s international and national obligations.
The goal of the Government is not only to further growth, but to also ensure that it can be sustained and ultimately lead to a more inclusive society. Thus, the strategy encompasses economic growth but also inclusion, equity, justice, peace, reconciliation, human development and good governance. This will include the following;
The government continues to address the key sources of conflict and insecurity, protecting the citizens of Liberia from violence and crime; delivering justice and upholding the rule of law; reconciling all Liberian people and together building a more peaceful and more secured nation. Maintain a secured and safe environment to enable sustainable socio-economic growth and development.
Ensure long-term peace and stability through 1) managing tensions in society to reduce the risk of future conflict; 2) increasing social cohesion; and 3) ensuring that the principles of human rights are upheld.
It builds the effectiveness and integrity of legal institutions, to increase equitable access to justice and to strengthen the rule of law for the social and economic benefit of all Liberians by Protecting the rights and dignity of all Liberians through a strengthened, credible and independent Judiciary that delivers transparent and timely justice in the courts.
This program also seeks to support the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) to reform and strengthen security and justice institutions including the Liberia National Police (LNP), Bureau for Immigration and Naturalization (BIN) and Bureau for Corrections and Rehabilitation (BCR) to provide effective services to Liberians.
What have we Accomplished So Far?
In 2017, this program, with a focus on Strengthening the Rule of Law in Liberia, made efforts to improve the capacity of justice and security institutions to foster a resilient justice and security sector; increase civil society contributions to rule of law and community access to justice; Strengthen Gender responsiveness of justice, security and legislative actors and improve women and girls’ access to justice and security and build the capacity of key actors and stakeholders to monitor progress and results in rule of law development.
The SGBV Crimes Unit at the Ministry of Justice now has 10 staff including two SGBV Prosecutors, two Case Liaison Officers (1male, 1female), two Victims Support Officers (all females) and four City Solicitors (all males) deplored in Nimba, Bong, and Lofa Counties. This endeavor has helped improved operational and prosecutorial capacity of the SGBV Crimes Unit.
The recruitment of additional 10 staff to the Independent National Human Rights Commission (INHCR) 7 Human Rights Monitors & 3 Regional Coordinators has enhanced the institutional, human resource and monitoring capacity of the Independent National Human Rights Commission (INHRC) to be able to effectively monitor, document and report on human rights violations in the 15 counties of Liberia. The Unit has been able to support the implementation of the National Human Rights Action Plan and the development of Liberia’s Universal Periodic Report on human rights by conducting four different workshops with 35 CSOs/CBOs and 47 representatives from 22 political parties on Liberia’s draft treaties reports of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and other key treaties, through the Human Rights Protection Division of the Ministry of Justice.
The Judiciary’s public outreach and information sharing capacity has also been strengthened with the recruitment of two Public Information Officers and a driver.
With the training of 25 Court Bailiffs and 24 clerical staff of the court, these staff are able to carry out effective service of court precepts and keep court records properly and efficiently in tact. They were trained in basic professional service of precepts and record management and maintenance.
Supported and admitted 74 civil society and community based organisations (CSOs/CBOs) into UNDP and UNMIL Civil Society Roster. These groups are providing legal aid and assistance services to local communities to increase community participation in the rule of law interventions.
A project cooperation agreement signed with two CSOs allows the provision of legal aid and assistance through mediation, resolution and representation of indigent persons in a court of competent jurisdiction. CSOs now engage community members on the methods of legal empowerment and conflict resolutions before they can reach their cases to the police and the court.
Recruitment of two international consultants has led to the conduct of the Public Expenditure Review of Justice and Security Institutions. The Review determines the minimum financial needs for sustaining reform, and reconstruction of the rule of law sector.