UNHCR Provides Support to LRRRC and Ministry of Justice

MONROVIA, Liberia, 29 October, 2013 (UNHCR): The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has donated 32 motorcycles and an assortment of office equipment and supplies to the Liberia Refugee Repatriation and Resettlement Commission (LRRRC) and the Ministry of Justice. The motocycles and equipment are valued at over US$150,000.

Twenty-seven of the motorcycles were donated to the LRRRC, and five were handed over to the Ministry of Justice. The Ministry of Justice also received office equipment and supplies such as desktop computers, typewriters, chairs, drawers, and tables.

The UNHCR Representative, Khassim Diagne, handed over the keys of the motorcycles to the Executive Director of the LRRRC, Cllr. Abla G. Williams, while the items for the Ministry of Justice were handed over to the Deputy Minister of Justice for Administration and Public Safety, Cllr. Wheatonia Y. Dixon Barnes.

Representative Diagne said the donation to the LRRRC, UNHCR’s main Government partner, was part of the UN refugee agency’s continued support to the Government of Liberia for the protection of refugees, while the Ministry of Justice is one of the key ministries the UNHCR works with as it deals with issues of asylum and refugee laws.

Pointing out that the UNHCR has been supporting the LRRRC over the years, and that the motorcycles would be used for border monitoring and community mobilization, Cllr. Williams expressed sincere gratitude to the UNHCR “for once again demonstrating its sense of duty to the cause and safety of refugees and other persons of concern in Liberia”.

For her part, Deputy Minister Barnes, who is a former Executive Director of the LRRRC, lauded the UNHCR for its continued collaboration with Ministry of Justice. “We are very grateful for this continuous collaboration with the UNHCR as we implement our activities aimed at strengthening the justice system for the promotion of peace and stability in our country”.

Liberia currently hosts about 60,000 refugees and asylum seekers, of which 58,000 are Ivorian refugees.