UN Want Perpetrators Of Sexual And Gender-Based Violence Against Women And Girls Accountable, Urges Government To Do More

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré (file)

As the continual abuse of women and girls in Liberia sexually by individuals with impunity, the United Nations Security Council has expressed serious concern over these ‘uncivilized’ acts by perpetrators, noting that women and girls Liberia continue to face a high incidence of sexual and gender-based violence.

In a statement delivered by the Security Council President, the Council called on the Liberian Government to immediately address the urgent and imperative need to combat impunity and hold accountable all perpetrators responsible for such crimes, and further urged the Government to reinforce its national action plan on sexual and gender-based violence and improving women and girls’ access to justice.

In a related development, the Security Council in the statement also called on the Liberian Government to accelerate its accountability and transparency efforts to bolster public confidence in advance of the pending October 10, 2017 general and presidential elections, and the transfer of power.

The Council also stresses the need for the Liberian Government to honour its commitment to support the passage of the Land Rights Bill and the Local Government Bill, which the Council will positively impact the lives and livelihood of Liberian citizens and contribute to overcoming the societal and structural inequities that were at the root of the conflict, and further emphasizes the importance of the legislature’s timely action to ensure that these bills are passed.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.