Foundation for International Dignity Executive Director
JPC, FIND Abhor Mob Violence
By Ballah Kollie, LINA Bong County Correspondent
GBARNGA, March 23 (LINA) - Days following the discovery of two unidentified bodies in Gbarnga City, Bong County, two rights groups have condemned the “growing wave” of mob violence in the county.
The Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (JPC) and the Foundation for International Dignity (FIND) told journalists recently that for the Liberia to remain stable, citizens must use the legal means to prosecute people.
"If you use mob justice against people, you might just continue to victimize innocent people, something that is unconstitutional," the rights group said.
They noted that it is "barbaric and uncivilized" for anyone to bring to an end the life of another without due process of law.
Meanwhile, JPC and FIND are calling on citizens of the county to peruse the Justice Ministry's 2013 annual report which labeled the county as having the highest number of instances of mob justice.
The two rights groups indicated that such labeling it is not in the best interest of the county and challenged citizens and residents to take advantage of the justice system.
"Anyone who arrests a person for reasons known to them should please take them to the police, who have the constitutional mandate to handle such matters," the rights groups added.
Meanwhile, the family of one of the unidentified bodies discovered on the N.V.
Massaquoi, Kokoyah Road, has removed their relative for burial, while the Gbarnga City Corporation has buried the other body found on the Methodist Compound.