The Anti-Rape Reporters Association of Liberia (ARRAL) has strongly condemned the alleged act by a civilian staff of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and others for the alleged sexual abuse and exploitation of Liberian children.
Cognizant of the fact, ARRAL says one of the prime suspects of UNMIL who was under probe allegedly committed suicide as a means of escaping justice. The association has strongly stressed that perpetrators at large be arrested and face the full weight of the law.
Speaking to the In Profile Daily Thursday in Monrovia, the organization's President Mr. Lawrence Fahnbulleh noted that the latest act is by an UNMIL staff on the Old Road is detrimental to the future of the nation and must be seriously looked into to avoid the recurrence. He indicated that if this is done, it will also demonstrate the Liberian leader unwavering support and desire to rule of law as told in her inaugural address on January 16th 2009.
At the same time, the Anti-Rape Reporter Association (ARRAL) is calling on the National Legislature to speedily pass the freedom of information and other media acts that have been ignored by it for a long period of time. He asserted that these bills are essential as the minerals and other agreements that are being passed by the Legislature.
According to the President of the Association Mr. Lawrance Fahnbulleh, the passage of the media act will afford the media especially ARRAL the opportunity to effectively and speedily carry out its function without hindrance in a professional manner at all times in the country.
ARRAL was established by the Government of Liberia and the Unity Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) to robustly report and expose rape and other sexual assaults and abuse cases, create awareness and sensitize the public about the danger of the crimes under the Liberian and other international laws.