INCHR Expresses Concerns over Crusade Stampede

The independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR) said it  is seriously saddened by the events of January 19, 2022 at the D Tweh Memorial High School Campus in New Kru Town, in which 29 persons lost their lives while more than 26 persons sustained injuries.

In a Press release issued by the commission and signed by its Chairman, Cllr. Dempster Brown expressed its  condolences to the bereaved family of the victims and urged them to take solace in these difficult times.

According to the press release, the Commission also commended the Government of Liberia for taking bold steps by launching an investigation into the situation. The Commission avers that the right to life is a supreme right without which other rights cannot be exercised including right to religion and conscience.

The Commission believes that the January 19 events should be a wakeup call to  all Liberians including religious institutions and Government to set into motion appropriate means to avert  the occurrence of this gruesome development that will cause the lives of  vulnerable persons, including pregnant women and children.

The Commission said it  avails itself of any modalities that regulate and ensure that ceremonies of these natures are properly given serious consideration through appropriate protocols that guarantee right to religion but most importantly the safety and wellbeing of citizens and residents.

“The Commission believes that developments of these natures require the full support of the Government and the Church for the victims’ family through reasonable compensation leading to their burial.

“The Commission will collaborate with the Police to conduct an independent investigation to find the root cause of the tragedy that led to the death of our citizens and residents”, the statement said.

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