ALP CONDEMNS THE UNLAWFUL, ARBITRARY ARREST AND DETENTION OF CIVIL RIGHTS ADVOCATE VANDALARK PATRICKS BY THE GOVERNMENT OF LIBERIA
Monrovia, Liberia, Wednesday February 24, 2016: The All Liberian Party (ALP) seizes this moment to inform our citizens and members of the International Community that we as a Mass Political Movement condemn in the strongest terms the unlawful, arbitrary arrest, and detention of Rights’ Advocate Mr. Vandalark Patricks, for a statement released on Sunday February 21, on behalf of registered Political Parties and Civil Society Organizations, under the banner of the Joint Action Committee (JAC).
We therefore call on the Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf led government to unconditionally release Mr. Patricks and show respect for the exercise of free speech and democratic rights.
The ALP wishes to officially reaffirm that it stands by the Joint Action Committee’s statement and calls upon President Sirleaf to redirect government’s energy and efforts to curbing the security challenges currently prevailing in the country.
The ALP is further pleased to call on all its loyal partisans and supporters, as well as all citizens to Peacefully assemble, at the UNMIL Headquarters, on March 11, to formally petition UNMIL to see reason to stop its draw-down and extend its mandate until after 2017 elections.
The ALP wishes to reiterate its strongest commitment to the Liberian people of its desire for a conducive environment in our country guided by the Rule of Law, Press freedom, and Inclusion, for national unity and development.
The ALP therefore calls upon all Liberians to remain ever vigilant, and committed to the ideals and principles of democracy, free speech, and civil liberty. We should not allow bad governance and anti-democratic elements to disrupt the hard won peace we have earned.
Signed: N. Dickson R. Tamba
National Deputy Secretary General
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