Liberia Refugee, Repatriation and Resettlement Commission Executive Director, Abla Gadegbeku Williams
Liberia To Ratify, Domesticate Kampala Convention
By Prince Nagbe
MONROVIA, June 29 (LINA) - A three-day training on the ratification and domestication of the Kampala Convention kicks off in the Liberian capital Monrovia this week.
The training, which is expected to run from June 30 to July 2, will be attended by top level government officials, civil society organizations, local and international non-governmental Organizations, amongst others.
The Deputy Executive Director of the Liberia Refugee Repatriation and Resettlement Commission (LRRRC), Kojo Ross, made the disclosure at the recent weekly Ministry of Information press briefing in Monrovia.
He said the training is geared towards creating awareness of the Kampala Convention, which has to do with protection and assistance to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Africa.
According to Ross, the Kampala Convention is a treaty of the African Union that addresses internal displacement caused by armed conflict, natural disasters and large-scale development projects in Africa.
He added that the convention is a regional instrument that binds governments to provide legal protection for the rights and well-being of those forced to flee outside their home countries due to conflict, violence, natural disasters, and other human rights abuses.
He said the Convention has the potential to make a significant contribution to improving the wellbeing of IDPs across Africa, but needs the effective implementation and ratification by additional African Union member states, noting, “in Liberia, the document is currently before the National Legislature.”
Ross disclosed that since its adoption in October 2009, only 39 countries, including Liberia, have already signed it, while 22 of the 54-member states of the African Union, excluding Liberia, have ratified the convention.
The training is being jointly organized by the LRRRC, the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC), Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Kampala Convention Taskforce and Federation of Liberian Youth (FLY), amongst others.