Local, Regional Women’s Groups Condemn District #15 Violence

first_imgExpress worry over enmity in LiberiaThe leadership of the Association of Female Lawyers of Liberia (AFELL) says it is deeply concerned about the deepening crisis among citizens, which the association said are nowadays giving rise to a deteriorating unstable ease in the country.The latest of which was the eruption of violence in Logan Town, Montserrado County between rivals of the just ended District #15 elections on Saturday, August 17, 2019.“This emerging trend of election-related violence is very worrisome as it has the propensity to derail our hard-earned peace,” AFELL said in a release.The statement added, “The incident in Logan Town, which led to personal injuries and property damage is regrettable. AFELL accordingly, condemns in the strongest terms, this wanton and unruly behavior of some citizens. Of particular concern is the impact these kinds of violence have on the mental, economic and social well-being of women and children.”“Therefore, we demand from authorities at the Ministry of Justice to launch an urgent and prompt investigation into the causes of the violence, and also call on the authorities of the National Elections Commission (NEC) to intervene in this matter by conducting an investigation, and hold those actors/parties accountable under the elections law. We say this because electoral violence is one of the greatest obstacles to democratic consolidation. It does not only affect the credibility of the electoral system, but also destroys the democratic system, and the rule of law,” the organization further added.The group reminded Liberians that elections are about the competitions of ideas, and not a show of force. AFELL, therefore, calls upon all those concerned to exercise restraint, and allow the electoral process, as well as the rule of law to run its course.“We are always reminded of our immediate past, and as a post conflict country, Liberia should avoid the looming triggers of conflict such as electoral violence. Finally, without being prejudicial, AFELL strongly condemns and will not tolerate any acts of violence, harassment and intimidation of any female candidate in elections now or hereafter. We call on all parties to exhibit a greater sense of maturity, respect and tolerance towards each other and we intend to remain seized of this matter to its finality,” the release said.Meanwhile, another women’s group, known as the Network of Peace and Security Women in ECOWAS Countries (NOPSWECO) have added their voice to the sweeping condemnations of the Montserrado County District #15 electoral violence.NOPSWECO is a conglomeration of West African women organizations including Young Women Christian Association (YWCA), Organization for Women and Children (ORWOCH); Kids Educational Engagement Project (KEEP); Community Healthcare Initiative (CHI); Girls for Change (GFC); Quidiyou INC.; Paramount Young Women Initiative (PAYOWI); and Women & Children Initiative INC. (WACEP).“We are disheartened by the escalation of violence leading to the attack on one of the candidates in the District 15 rerun elections. We condemn in the strongest terms the attack on Ms. Telia Urey and the occupants of the black vehicle,” the group of women organizations said. “A video obtained from the scene of the attack shows riot police standing by whilst rioters violently attacked a black vehicle, allegedly belonging to Ms. Telia Urey, and putting the occupants of the vehicle at risk.NOPSWECO recalls that, following a ruling in the District #15 electoral dispute by the NEC, the Chairman of the CDC stated in a major press conference that the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) will not participate in any rerun.“We call on the leaders of the ruling CDC and the opposition collaborating parties to take advantage of the law and the appeal process to express any dissatisfaction in the electoral process.“We once again call on those in positions of power to refrain from making statements that have the potential to incite chaos. We additionally call on the Liberia National Police and the Ministry of Justice to investigate the police officers who stood idly by while this assault took place. We request a full investigation into yesterday‘s incident and the report made public.“We wish to remind our President that 2020 is just around the corner and it is these types of gender-based violence that limit women’s full participation in the governance of their country. We continue to watch with concern as the peaceful situation deteriorates and will hold all involved accountable. Notwithstanding, the purpose of this communication is to prevent further violence– particularly violence against a women politicians.NOPSWECO also called on the Weah administration “to provide increased security presence in District #15 in the days immediately preceding NEC’s recently mandated rerun. The six precincts that fall under this mandate should be the focus of this increased security presence, the group suggests.“In addition, this increased presence should cover the days immediately following the rerun until the day after NEC announces a winner. All security personnel assigned to this detail must be professional in the execution of their duties. They must be seasoned, disciplined and impartial security professionals who take their mandate seriously.“We call on the President to ensure the safety of Ms. Urey in light of this recent provocation. We call on the President to restrain all duty bearers from making inciting comments, posting on Facebook, moderating radio shows that have the propensity to derail the peace. Liberia is all we have and democracy is strong when women and men participate together in an environment free of violence, threats of violence, fear, and intimidation,” NOPSWECO said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Adoptions of Katrina dogs postponed until year’s end

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week ASPCA officials said shelters nationwide agreed to care for the pets until Saturday. However, after more than 1,000 of them were reunited, they decided to ask for more time. “A lot of animals are being reunited and they seemed to have underestimated the amount of time needed to get as many of them as possible back to their owners,’ Sanchez said. Although many local residents had hoped to take one of the 10 dogs housed at the Baldwin Park Animal Shelter home, they will now have to wait to see if their owners come forward. “We’ll continue to treat them and if they are not reunited by December we’ll adopt them out into a new home,’ said county spokeswoman Kaye Michaelson. “But for now, they’ll stay with us and will be waiting for their owners.’ Of the 8,000 dogs, cats, horses, and other animals that were rescued in Louisiana and Mississippi, 124 have been housed in shelters throughout California. A handful already have been reunited with their owners. BALDWIN PARK — There has been a slight “paws’ in the quest for local people wanting to acquire one of the 10 Hurricane Katrina canines up for adoption at the Baldwin Park Animal Shelter. The adoptions scheduled to take place Saturday have been put on hold until the end of the year. On Thursday, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, along with other pet organizations, requested all animal shelters, breed rescue groups and others sheltering animal survivors of the hurricane, extend the holding period of the pets until Dec. 31. “They asked us to hold off on our adoptions that were going to take place Saturday at the Baldwin Park Animal Shelter,’ said Brenda Jimenez, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Care and Control. “They want us to give people more time to claim their animals.’ “Sassy was the first, and on Wednesday there was Princess who was in Pomona,’ said Dawn Cotterell, spokeswoman for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles. “Right now we are working on Snowball and Simba, who we think will be reunited in a few days.’ Along with those four dogs, the Baldwin Park Animal Shelter also is scheduling a reunion to take place soon. “The owner of Panda, a Jack Russell Terrier mix who was actually a show dog, came forward and a reunion will happen in days,’ Sanchez said. “His owner was on vacation when Katrina hit her Mississippi home and she was not allowed to go back for him.’ Panda’s owner saw his picture on www.petfinder.com and contacted the spcaLA. In order to prove that Panda was hers, county officials said the owner sent in photos that confirmed her claim. Panda will be flying to Memphis, where his owner has relocated to since Hurricane Katrina, in a few days. “She’s been e-mailing and calling and she is so happy to have Panda back. She can’t wait,’ Jimenez said. “That’s the goal, to get these pets back home.’ Nisha Gutierrez can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109, or by e-mail at nisha.gutierrez@sgvn.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more