Methodist human rights rebuke GoL
By Lincoln G. Peters
United Methodist Observatory for Human Rights (UMHRM) Program Director Jefferson B. Knight says he is very sad that Liberia continues to celebrate the Day of the African Child as the Liberian government unfortunately failed to address the plight of children in the country.
He said it was ironic that the government and people of Liberia are celebrating the day when they failed to ensure the safety and protection of children’s rights, including better health care, affordable education and quality for all Liberian children.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with this newspaper on June 16, 2022, Mr Knight said the government has failed to promote the dignity and wellbeing of children, as is done in other countries, adding that massive violation of children’s rights is the order of the day under the current administration.
According to him, children in Liberia are pre-adults because they have to sell among the cars in traffic to have money to support themselves and their parents.
He noted that the Weah administration and previous administrations have failed to formulate concrete, substantial and tangible programs to promote the welfare of children, adding that the issues of rape, alleged ritual killings and kidnappings are still unresolved by this government and their families have yet to obtain justice and redress, therefore, the country has no reason to join other countries in celebrating the day.
“What do we have to celebrate on that day, what will our children benefit from it?” Recently a small body was allegedly killed by a policeman in Kakata and nothing is done late Princess Cooper raping a teenage girl across the country. The sharp increase in drugs in our country leading to the influx of disadvantaged young people; nothing is done. The government is more concerned about going after drug users than importers. Corruption continues to eat away at the fabric of our society. With all these things please tell me if we have something to join others in celebrating this day when our children’s lives are not safe,” he lamented.
Mr. Knight called on the Government of Liberia to prioritize the welfare of children across the country, including those living with physical disabilities, by meeting all their social, protection and safety needs. Editing by Jonathan Browne