Editorial: Adama K. Dempster Keeping Human Rights, Justice, Peace And Democracy In Liberia Alive On The World Stage

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HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST, Adama Kiatamba Dempster, is keeping the somewhat precarious situation of peace, justice, human rights, democracy and stability center stage on the world forum. The internationally recognized Dempster on April 29, 2023, at the end of the 31st Annual Africa/Diaspora conference, held on April 27—28, 2023, received the 2023 Peace and Justice Award in recognition of his exemplary leadership and outstanding contributions in human rights and social justice in Liberia, as well as his demonstrable commitment to peace and justice in post- civil war Liberia. The award is issued by the Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution, California State University, Sacramento, California, United States of America.

RECEIVING THE AWARD, Dempster said he was deeply humbled to accept the 2023 Peace and Justice Award from, and thanked the board for recognizing the efforts brought towards peace and conflict resolution in Liberia, a country that he said has struggled with political instability, unaddressed past human rights atrocities, diversity, corruption and social unrest for years.

“…I’M HONORED TO receive this award on behalf of all the human rights community in Liberia, justice campaigners, victims and survivor’s community, peacebuilders, and conflict resolvers in Liberia, who have been working relentlessly towards promoting justice and peaceful coexistence in our country,” Dempster stated.

“AS SOMEONE WHO has experienced the devastating effects of conflict firsthand, I can attest to the importance of peace and justice in rebuilding our communities and our nation. It is encouraging to see that there are individuals and organizations who share this vision and are working towards achieving it.

“WE HAVE COME a long way in Liberia, but there is still much work to be done. We are slowly but gradually moving towards a society that values justice and promotes peaceful coexistence, but we cannot do it alone. It is crucial that we continue to work together to build sustainable peace and justice in the world.”

THE RIGHTS ACTIVIST underscored that the award was a call to action for him and all those committed to the cause. “It is a reminder that we have a responsibility to continue the work we have started and to do all that we can create a more peaceful and just society for all,” he affirmed.

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