International Human Rights Day celebrated in Tubmanburg- Bomi County
11 December 2017, Tubmanburg -The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) in collaboration with the Government of Liberia and other international partners celebrated the International Human rights day that marked the last day of the 16 days of activism against sexual gender based violence against women and children.
UNMIL’s Chief of Human Rights and Protection Office, Mr. Marcel Akpovo, delivered the message of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on human rights day stating “It is up to me; to you; to everyone in every city, province and country where there is still space to express thoughts, participate in decisions, raise one's voice. We need to act to promote peace, fight back against discrimination, and to uphold justice”.
On behalf of UNMIL’S Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (DSRSG) for Political and Rule of Law, Mr. Waldemar Vrey, Mr. Akpovo read his statement during the ceremony. “I urge people and leaders everywhere to stand up for all Human rights, civil, political, economic, social, and cultural and for the values that give us hope for a fairer, better, safer world for all of us”, said Mr. Akpovo.
The ceremony started with a parade performed by cultural dancers and drama performers in honouring the guests and audience. Under the themes, “We are all equal in dignity and rights” and “Advancing the rights and dignity of children and persons with disabilities” the youth from Tubmanburg community seized the opportunity to express the difficulties and inequalities of the handicapped persons that face every day on their engagements in the public life and their expectations to reduce these inequalities in the future.