Justice Minister Musa Dean Says There Can Be No Restriction On The Enjoyment Of Constitutional Rights
The Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Cllr. Frank Musa Dean has declared that there can be no restriction on the enjoyment of constitutional rights, except during an emergency declared in accordance with the Constitution.
He said while the Republic is under an obligation to guarantee the inviolability of contracts, agreements which seek to contract away constitutional rights are unconstitutional and violative of public policy, hence unenforceable.
The right to freely associate with or refuse to associate in political parties, trade unions and other organisations, is a fundamental right guaranteed under Article 17 of our Constitution.
No contract can inhibit the exercise of this fundamental right.
Article 1 of our Constitution guarantees the people the right to freely elect leaders of their choice through free, fair and democratic elections.
In the process, political parties are guaranteed the right to field candidates; while individuals may register as independent candidates.
The Liberian Justice Minister’s statement comes in the wake of the drama between the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) and the Unity Party regarding its pull out from the CPP.