LMDI /FEJAL/ALICOR-UN WOMEN/EU/GOL Event… GUESTS AND AUDIENCE AT THE RESUMPTION OF THE LMDI DIALOGUE STYLED DEBATE PLATFORM, DUCOR DEBATES DISAGREE ON SUGGESION OF DEATH PENALTY FOR CONVICTED RAPISTS IN LIBERIA, BUT VERGE ON CASTRATION FOR PERPETRATORS OF RAPE WITH CALLS FOR ROBUST LEGAL DISPOSAL OF RAPE CASES TO DEAL WITH THE MENACE....THE DIALOGUE/DUCOR DEBATES & TOMORROW’S PEOPLE ZEE-MAANNEH---ZEE-MAANNEH (PEACE & ENJOYMENT)…PLEASE VISIT AND VIEW OUR WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK PAGE AT www.lmdi.org
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MONROVIA LIBERIA…Wednesday August 5, 2020… All the Guests and audience at a rare and latest edition of the People To People DIALOGUE styled DEEBATE platform, DUCOR DEBATES, since the insurgence of the COVID 19 or CORONA VIRUS DISEASE have sternly disagreed on the suggestion by armed forces of Liberia General, Prince C. Johnson for the institution of DEATH PENALTY for convicted rapists as the cases of rape especially of minors rise in Liberia.
At the resumption of the LMDI debate platform, DUCOR DEBATES, Liberia’s first and only sustained and regionalized debate platform, DUCOR DEBATES at the weekend, all five of the eight invited that turned up for the debate on whether Liberia should indulge into DEATH PENALTY for RAPISTS rejected the suggestion, but with two of them suggesting general castration of convicted male rapists.
Mrs. Nesuah Beyan Livingstone, Child Rights and Welfare advocate and Founder of the Rescue for Abandoned Children in Hardship (REACH) and Maxim Kpakio, a social Justice advocate and head of Justice Forum Liberia rather suggested castration as a deterrent penalty for convicted male rapists. The three other guests on DUCOR DEBATES, Tonieh Talery Wiles, Commissioner at the Independent National Commission on Human Rights, Julia Duncan Cassell, former Liberian Gender and Social Protection Minister and Caroline Bowah a feminist and social worker rejected DEATH PENALTY on grounds that it will breach international law and protocols on CAPITAL PUNISHMENT to which Liberia is a signatory and rather reinforce the compromise of rape cases which has been a common place in Liberia. They felt short of commenting on castration as suggested by the two other guests, Nesuah Livingstone and Maxim Kpakio.
Bowah, Cassell, Wiles and Kpakio joined in a call for robust legal and administrative government actions to ensure that rape is minimized or eradicated from Liberia, describing the enforcement of the current rape law in Liberia as weak and wrongly implemented and neccessitating excesses that are leading to uncontrolled pre-trial detention of rape suspects.
They called for the commitment of resources and budgetary support to investigation of rape and the general fight against the menace, lamenting that the fight against rape has been more of lip service than action.
For the audience, they sternly disagreed on the DEATH PENALTY.. 12 of the audience members spoke with seven supporting DEATH PENALTY and four rejecting. One other audience member rejected the suggestion of castration by some of the guest panelists, claiming that castration may enrage, traumatize and frustrate rapists to even more dangerous proportion and actions. The one audience member buttressed by others, revealed that there are clues and experiences of impotent men using, fingers and other penetrations means and tactics for sexual satisfaction and as such castration may lead male rapists to similar measures to do more harm in the society.
With support from the UN Women, European Union and the Government under their SPOTLIGHT INITIATIVE, the latest DIALOGUE styled debate under DUCOR DEBATES was the fourth in a series of People To People Engagement forums aimed fighting Gender Based violence against women and children in Liberia implemented jointly by the Female Journalists Association of Liberia (FEJAL), the Association of Liberia Community Radio (ALICOR) and Liberia Media for Democratic Initiatives (LMDI).
The latest DIALOGUE styled Debate on Sexual and Gender Based Violence was held at the headquarters of the Liberia Media fir Democratic Initiatives (LMDI) at WHEDE TOWN on the Fendell to Kakata Highway at Lower Careysburg and graced by the guest panelists in the chart below:
NAME GENDER OCCUPATION/TITLE
1 Tonieh Tarlery Wiles (MrS.) Female Commissioner, Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR)
2 Mrs. Nesuah Beyan Livingstone (Mrs.) Female Children Rights and Welfare Advocate & Founder of the Rescue for Abandoned Children in Hardship (REACH)
3 Maxim Kpakio (Mr.) Male Social Justice Activist and Founder, Justice Forum Liberia
4 Julia Duncan Cassell (Mrs.) Female Women Acivist & Former Minister of Gender and Social Protection of Liberia
5 Caroline Bowah (Ms.) Female Feminist & Social Worker
Below are the other invited guests that did not attend:
# NAME GENDER OCCUPATION/TITLE
1 Macdella Cooper (Ms.) Female Women Activist & Politician
2 Grace Scotland Brimah Female Women Welfare and Empower Activist and Head of We4Self
3 Tiawan Saye Gongloe Male Lawyer & President of the Liberia National Bar Association
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