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Amnesty for persons to surrender arms… Pres. Sirleaf

Joseph T. Koon/Benjamin S. Taingay
Pres. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
Pres. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has unconditionally declared amnesty for all persons who shall surrender small arms and light weapons under the ECOWAS - EU Weapons Collection Program.

A Foreign Ministry release quotes a Presidential Proclamation as saying: “All persons residing in Grand Gedeh, Maryland, and River Gee Counties, shall enjoy such amnesty upon surrendering their weapons within the stipulated time frame.”

According to the Proclamation, all persons who shall surrender their weapons will be given full Amnesty for the offence of illegal possession, use, and supply of fire arms, and objects for lethal use against Liberia.

“All rights, privileges, and immunities of such persons shall be restored under the Constitution and the laws which have been made in pursuance thereof,” the Proclamation also said.

The release also quotes President Johnson-Sirleaf as having recognized: “The proliferation of small arms and light weapons poses grave threat to the peace and stability of Liberia and the sub-region, and constitutes a major tool of fueling armed conflicts and perpetrating crimes.”

“Progressive efforts are also being made by ECOWAS to control the proliferation of small arms and light weapons, including its disastrous consequences,” the Proclamation further noted.

The project component covering Liberia, specifically Grand Gedeh, River Gee, and Maryland Counties, will significantly contribute to the development of the community and its inhabitants.

It will also significantly contribute to the maintenance of peace, peace-building, safety and security of Liberia and the sub-region.

The ECOWAS-EU Small Arms Project entails voluntary weapons surrender by civilians in the targeted communities.

The release quotes the Liberia National Commission on Small Arms (LiNCSA) as requesting a form of dispensation for members of the targeted communities to be exempted from any security and legal scrutiny or actions.

The Commission also wants to also ensure the confidentiality of identity of persons reporting weapons under the project.


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