Liberia Coalition Of Human Rights Defenders Decries Shooting Incident


The Inquirer
Monrovia, Liberia

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The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia

Posted October 10, 2003

The Liberia Coalition of Human Rights Defenders says it is concerned about the shoot-out between LURD and government forces at the Paynesville ‘Red-Light’ on October 1, 2003 which resulted to the death of over 15 persons including un-armed women and children.

The Coalition in a press release said it considers "the planners of such an evil plan as war criminals, and condemns the planners and their god-fathers, including their collaborators.

"The Coalition wishes to remind, the government and LURD forces, that the intentional killing of unarmed civilians during civil crises or war is crime against humanity. Therefore, the coalition is calling on LURD and the government forces to come to their senses and halt the intentional killing of civilians in Liberia.

"The Coalition has sufficient evidence in its possession, which shows that massacres and the intentional killing of unarmed civilians marked the Liberia crisis from 1990 up to present, which is a crime against humanity.

"The Coalition is sounding a note of warning to both government and LURD forces that indictment is hanging over those that engage in the wanton killing and the destruction of life and property of the Liberian people and foreign residents.

"The Coalition condemns in its strongest term of the plan of those evil people who desire is to use chaotic situation to unjustly enrich themselves at the blood of the poor people", the Coalition a release concluded.

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