The presentation was made at the Ministry of Justice, Sinkor, Monrovia, Liberia. The Ministry of Justice was represented by Mr. Foley MacGill, Director of Prison, Republic of Liberia who represented Minister Eddie Tarawali, Assistant Minister for the Bureau of Correction and Rehabilitation (BCR), while KutakaTogbeh represented the human rights department of the ministry. In attendance was also the Ministry of Health (MOH) focal person for prisons in person of Ernest Davis. The MOH extended their thanks and appreciations to the RHRAP, SHED and the EU for their supports and encourage the partners to continue their supports. For the past three years, RHRAP, SHED has been the highest supporter of drug to the Liberian Prison Facilities and on behalf of the Ministry of Health; I want to say a big thank you to them. Says Mr. Davis.
RHRAP and SHED continue their fast track court hearings in Margibi Prison intended to represent prolonged pretrial detainees, which is also helping to reduce prison overcrowdings. As you might be aware, prolong pretrial detainees carried the highest number of inmates within the Liberia prison facilities which is a serious democratic deficit in the Criminal Justice System (CJS) of Liberia.
Over the past four years, with funding from the European Union (EU), RHRAP and SHEED have provided supports to the Liberia Prisons including training of Correction Officers in human rights and corrections and record keeping/management, provision of Solar Panels, computers to the Kakata and Gbarnga Prison Facilities, skill training to the inmates of Margibi prison.
The program has also provided based phones to the Gbarnga, Voinjama, Sanniquellie, and Margibi (Kakata, Bondinway) prisons and provided the prisons with refill cards for over three years which is helping inmates to keep in contacts with their families. This is just to flag few amongst many that is being done. RHRAP and SHED Program is being funded by the European Union (EU).
RHRAP is headed by LormaBaysah who is the Executive Director, while SHED is headed by Joyce Pajibo, both were in attendance. On their part, RHRAP and SHED extended their gratitude to the Ministry of Justice especially the BCR and the Department of human rights at the MOH and the Prison department of the Ministry of Health for their adequate supports.