25 January 2013

Liberia: Carter Center, Rights Group Conclude One-Day Forum

Liberia Coalition of Human /rights Defenders in collaboration with the Carter Center-Liberia on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 held a one day Training of Trainers workshop for members of the Coalition on the Freedom of Information law (FOI). The training, which was in Monrovia, brought together 30 members of the coalition.

The purpose of the workshop was to build the capacity of the defenders' members on the use of the Freedom of Information Law in Liberia. Facilitating the training workshop, the Project Coordinator of the Carter Center Field Office, Mr. Alphonsus Zeon, said his organization is currently working in Liberia to support government and civil society efforts to establish greater transparency and improve people's rights through access to information.

He further stated that The Freedom of Information provides all persons the rights of access to public information. He added that the right of access to information is a fundamental human right which is essential to ensuring the exercise of all other rights, such as the right to education, health care, and clean water.

The Liberia Coalition of Human Rights Defenders (LICHRD) has a registered membership of 30 pro-Democracy and Human rights Organizations operating in Liberia. The Carter Center up to present, has trained 60 members of the Liberia Coalition of Human Rights Defenders (LICHRD).

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