LIBERIA:Chief Justice Says ‘No Genuine Peace, Security Without Justice’

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia, Cllr. Francis Korkpor, has said that there can be no genuine peace and security without justice, noting “the lanes between the two are unbreakable”.

According to Justice Korkpor, peace and security should be anchored on the rule of law which is based on the principles of justice where freedom of the individual is guaranteed.

He made the statement Monday when he served as one of the principal speakers at the launch of the Common African Position (CAP) on the Post-2015 Development Agenda held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia.

Chief Justice Korkpor said the rule of law must provide the framework for exercise of freedom of choice, human rights and equal opportunity for growth and development.

According to him, the work that is carried out by the Judiciary is most impacted under Pillar Five of the CAP and as such, the Judiciary is committed to the fair application of the rule of law in the pursuit of liberty and justice for all.

He said just as there are intricate lanes between development, peace and security, and stability as recognized by the Heads of state and Government of the African Union, the Judiciary also holds that there can be no genuine peace and security without justice.

Justice Korkpor indicated that the Heads of state and government have reaffirmed that peace and security is essential for the achievement of Africa’s development aspirations, particularly for countries affected by conflict of which Liberia is no exception.

According to him, CAP provides a unique opportunity for all 54 countries of Africa to speak with one voice in ensuring that their development priorities are integrated and included in the Global Post 2015 Development Agenda.

“This requires consultation with key stakeholders such private sector, governments, civil society organizations, lawmakers, the media, academia, youth, and women organizations,” he added.

He said the CAP is a truly African-owned initiative which he believes will provide an impetus that will translate into a global initiative.

Justice Korkpor thanked President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who chairs the High Level Panel and her counterparts for the level of work done so far in preparing the CAP, noting, “this shows Africa’s preparedness to measure up to global standards."

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