Rights Group Launches Free Legal Services For Children, vulnerable population

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A Child Rights group – “Defense for Children International-Liberia (DCI) with support from UNDP has announced the provision of free legal services for women, children and disadvantaged folks, the Advocacy Group’s Executive Director, Foday Kawah has said.

DCI’s Executive Director Foday Kawah said Thursday the legal aid program is intended to promote and protect the rights of children in Liberia and people such as the disabled, elderly and women in direct conflict with the law and the victims of human rights abuses such as rape.

The group will also serve as a watchdog to monitor and hold government accountable with respect to fulfilling its obligations under international Conventions on the rights of a child, including the African Chapter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child and the Liberian Children law, Kawah said.

“Girls and young women who are victims of sexual violence are being treated as perpetrators instead of victims.”

The group has been granted an eight-month project Entitled: Strengthening the Rule of Law in Liberia, Justice and Security for Children. UNDP-Liberia is funding the project, which is being implemented in three counties namely, Montserrado, Bong and Grand Bassa counties are founding this project.

-Alex Yomah