ECOWAS Parliament to probe Liberian rights violations

Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Speaker of ECOWAS Parliament  Ali Nouhoun Diallo, has promised that the sub-regional legislature will thoroughly investigate allegations of human rights abuses against Liberian journalists by that country's government.
Diallo told journalists in Abuja Monday that the West African Foundation for the Media, which represents journalists in the sub-region, had written to the Parliament complaining of arbitrary arrests of journalists on account of their work by the Liberian government.
He said the Parliament would not condone such arbitrary actions because "without a virile and free press, development efforts within the sub-region would be meaningless".
The Speaker stressed the need for all 15 member States of the community to fully apply the provisions of the Protocol and Convention on freedom of movement, right of residence and establishment.
He said the full application of the Protocol and Convention would facilitate cross-border trade within the sub-region and ensure that citizens enjoyed the rights envisioned by ECOWAS founding fathers.
Diallo also promised that the Parliament would strive to make the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) an additional factor for the speedy economic integration, peace and democracy in the sub-region.
"This will serve ECOWAS well as it would boost capacities in the existing community institutions and consequently position them to better discharge their responsibilities," he added.

04 june 2002 16:08:00

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