The Swedish Ambassador to Liberia, Sofia Strand, says Sweden’s support to the justice and security system in Liberia is broad, spanning a number of sectors.
The envoy noted that the efforts by the Swedish government are in line with the overall objectives of Swedish Development Cooperation with Liberia which is to strengthen peace, respect for human rights, democratic governance and effective implementation of Liberia’s Poverty Reduction Strategy.
Ambassador Strand explained that Sweden is a key contributor to the security sector reform process of Liberia, and pledged that her government will continue to provide bilateral assistance to improve the forensic investigation capacity of the Liberia National Police.
The Swedish diplomat indicated that efforts to increase local capacity to address disputes, increase access to justice and build the capacity of security sector institutions are underway at an important ime, quoting the UN Security Council Resolution 2190 which provides a definite timeline for the government of Liberia to assume fully its security responsibility.
Speaking Thursday at the Bar Annual Retreat and Refresher workshop held on the compound of the Village Development Fund (VDF) on the outskirts of Voinjama City in Lofa County, Strand disclosed that the Embassy of Sweden in 2014 entered a three-year funding agreement with the Carter Center to implement its Access to Justice Project.
The Swedish envoy pointed out that it is in line with this project that 52 Community Justice Advisors are being trained in topics such as the new jury law, case management and psycho-social counseling to equip them with knowledge and skills to fulfill their role as mediators.
Strand also indicated that Sweden supports the justice and security trust fund managed by the United Nations Development Program with the aim of strengthening the Liberia National Police, Bureau for Corrections and Rehabilitation and the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization.
During Ambassador Strand’s stay in Lofa County, she visited Vonema Town in Voinjama District to inspect the Swedish funded 13.1 kilometer feeder road rehabilitation project which was completed and dedicated on May 31, 2013.
She also inspected work done by Carter Center in Vonema Town.