The European Union Delegation to Liberia has announced support for two new projects to improve conditions in prisons in Liberia.
The projects will be funded through the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR), the EU announced as the world celebrates International Human Rights Day on Saturday.
Speaking about the decision to fund these projects, European Union Ambassador Tiina Intelmann said: “Human rights apply to everyone, including prisoners. For the European Union, standing up for someone’s rights means not just speaking out, but taking action to change things.
“Permanent solutions to the challenges facing Liberia’s criminal justice system will take time, but the European Union believes there are practical steps that can be taken now to improve conditions for prisoners.”
The projects, which will start in January, will cover six counties, the EU said in a release issued here Friday.
One project will be implemented by FinnChurchAid, the Association of Female Lawyers of Liberia (AFELL) and the Rural Human Rights Activists Programme (RHRAP) in Lofa, Bong and Nimba Counties.
The other will be implemented by the International Federation of Christians against Torture, and their local partner Association of Christians Against Torture (ACAT), and will be implemented in Bomi, Montserrado and Margibi.
European Union funding will be EURO 500 000 (about US$530 000) and EURO 426 500 (about US$453 000) respectively.
Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
This year’s Human Rights Day slogan is “Stand up for someone’s rights today”.
It is a call to people the world over to step forward for rights and to commit through their actions to the defence of human rights.
This year’s celebration will go beyond 10 December and will launch a year-long campaign revolving around the call to action.