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-RWHR Reminds Liberians; Enjoins Stakeholders For Peace

Regional Watch for Human Rights has enjoined stakeholders here to refrain from acts inimical to the peace and stability of the country by demonstrating the highest of professionalism and at the same time stop over-amplifying anti-peace comments coming from politicians.

RWHR was specific about the Liberian media which is considered a significant player in the electoral process as the channel through which information is put out to the public.

At a one-day Pre-Post-war Violence-Free Election Workshop, RWHR’s Executive Director, Cllr. Tola Thompson Ade-Baryor said there can be no peace without justice and that there is also no blanket amnesty for crimes.

With sponsorship from ECOWAS, EU and AU, the workshop targeted traditional leaders, media practitioners and youth leaders and facilitated by PUL, NEC and RWHR.

NEC’s representative, Daniel Geegbeson drilled participants through “the 2017 Elections polling and counting procedures,” while PUL President Charles Cuffey spoke on “the role of journalists in maintaining peace in pre and post-war elections.” Mr. Ade-Baryor focused on “Election Dispute resolution and ADR process for violence free election 2017.”

Regional Watch for Human Rights is a metamorphosis of the Liberia Watch for Human Rights which stood firm against bad governance, human rights violations and societal ills during the administration of ex-President Charles Taylor.

Cllr. Ade-Baryor who spoke on the “Election Dispute Resolution and ADR process for violence free election 2017,” said what happened during the course of civil war must be accounted, adding “it will hunt us if we don’t have justice.”

“Liberia needs justice no matters what happens and how long it takes.” He equally reminded media practitioners at the workshop of their roles, and urged them not to report and write in a way so inciting.

“This workshop is about information management; it focuses on how to report on the election it is about the kind of information you put out to save your country from chaos,” he said.

A human rights lawyer, he prided the media for an excellent job it is doing, and classified journalists as stakeholders in Liberia’s political and democratic process.

He called for the use of the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) of negotiation, arbitration and mediation.

Earlier PUL President Charles Cuffey reiterated calls for journalists to be ethical and professional in their reportage. He frowned on media practitioners who are not observing ethics, saying their action is unacceptable.

According to Mr. Cuffey, partisan journalism does not have a place in the journalistic profession and should therefore not be practiced.

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