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Justice Ministry rejects Council of Patriots’ request…

Victor Kezelee /Maximilian Kasseh, Jr.

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-The Ministry of Justice has rejected the Council of Patriots’ (COP) request for security protection of a peaceful assembly beginning July 24, 2019, and continuing beyond.

In its communication dated July 17, the COP maintained it has chosen to exercise its constitutional right to peaceful assembly under Article 17 of the Liberian Constitution.
But the Justice Ministry said the COP letter lacks relevant information, crucial to the determination of any special security needs beyond the security provided at all times for the public.

The Ministry said the Council of Patriots did not specify the locations of the nationwide assemblies in each of the fifteen counties, the approximate number of protestors expected, when will they start and end daily and the duration of the assembly.

The Justice it is therefore unable to provide state security over the security already provided for the public at all times.

The Ministry said:” While the COP has the right to peaceful assembly, it should as well be aware that the exercise of such right cannot interfere or conflict with the rights of others as guaranteed under Article 13 of the Constitution of the Republic of Liberia.”

 


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