Know Your Rights' Initiative (LR0018)
Performance Indicators: Availability of information to the public on these issues using all current information outlets Number of citizens knowledgeable of and; seeking and receiving redress to police actions through the Professional Standards Division
IRM Midterm Status Summary
For Commitment details, see Liberia Progress Report 2015-2017.
IRM End of Term Status Summary
(MIA, MICAT, MOS, President’s Office, with support from Accountability Lab and iLab. 15 September 2015 – 15 September 2016).
· 2.4.1 Publish Laws and protocols on enforcement powers, filing of complaints and whistle blowing procedures
· 2.4.2 Promote citizens’ awareness of the existence, roles, and actions of LNP Professional Standards Division
The police and criminal justice systems do not enjoy high levels of public trust in Liberia. According to a 2011/2013 Afro-barometer survey, 88 percent of Liberians perceived “some,” “most,” or “all” police to be corrupt.[Note40: “Afro-barometer R5 2011/2013 (Liberia)”, http://afrobarometer.org/online-data-analysis/analyse-online Citizens often accuse the police of extortion and bribery. Most do not know their rights in the justice system or the responsibilities of the police. The lack of an oversight body to address issues of police misconduct reinforces citizens’ mistrust. This commitment could significantly improve citizens’ awareness of their rights and knowledge of how to file complaints and apply whistleblower protections.
Midterm: Not Started
This commitment has not begun. The government’s self-assessment report states that some information about policing is available in hardcopy at the National Police Headquarters. For more information, please see the 2015–2016 IRM midterm report.
With assistance from the Carter Center a website (http://lnp.gov.lr/lnp/) and a Facebook page have been launched. The online platform provides basic information to the general public on police activities and mode of operation. The website has a comments and complaints tab which creates a link for citizens to register their comments or seek redress on police actions. It also has a “Find Officer” section which provides the identity and location of any police officer after the ID number has been submitted. Key laws and regulations are also available on the site. Furthermore, the FAQ section provides useful information about citizens’ rights when arrested, the role of the police and civilian-police interaction. Nonetheless, this commitment is considered as substantially complete because the awareness-raising activities regarding the online platform and its use are still missing, particularly in the counties that are far from the capital city.
Did It Open Government?
Access to Information: Major
CSO representatives[Note41: Interviews with Peace Work Liberia and LOFANET representatives. December 2017.] believed this initiative has helped to flag police brutality cases as several complaints have been filed through the website, and the “Find Officer” link has helped to identify officers who were involved in violent acts.[Note42: William Howard, Executive Director, Peace Work Liberia, December 2017.
Citizens can now be aware of detention time limits (which prevents prolonged detention) and other police procedures. Before the implementation of this commitment, citizens could not report police officers who demonstrate brutality or behave outside their professional standards. CSO representatives acknowledge that, currently, complaints are being received even from counties far from the capital. For all these reasons, the IRM researcher considers this commitment as a major step forward in government openness in the security policy area.
This commitment was carried forward in next action plan (Commitment 5). The commitment aims to establish a public hotline for complaints and recommendations, to increase available data on crime, accidents, and LNP activities on the website, and to create brochures with information about citizens’ rights in relation to the LNP.
Legislative Monitoring Database
LR0027, 2017, E-Government
Publication of Budget Documents
LR0028, 2017, Anti-Corruption
Freedom of Information (FOI) Act
LR0029, 2017, Access to Information
Citizen Monitoring for the Justice System
LR0030, 2017, Access to Justice
Feedback Mechanism to Build Accountability of the LNP
LR0031, 2017, Access to Information
Capacity Building for Integrity in Government
LR0032, 2017, Anti-Corruption
Transparency in the Land Authority
LR0033, 2017, E-Government
Accountability and Value for Money Through Open Contracting
LR0034, 2017, Access to Information
Beneficial Ownership Registry
LR0035, 2017, Access to Information
Open Data/Citizen Navigation Portal
LR0036, 2017, Access to Information
Commercial Land Use Rights Information
LR0011, 2015, Capacity Building
Open Aid Portal and Publication of Aid Data
LR0012, 2015, Access to Information
Link Financial Management System to Aid Management Platform
LR0013, 2015, Aid
Facilitate Tracking of EVD Funds
LR0014, 2015, Access to Information
Implementation of the New Jury Law
Citzen Monitoring of Justice System
Civic Education and Citizen Engagement Around Offline Tools
Know Your Rights' Initiative
LR0018, 2015, Justice
Passage of Whistleblower Protection Act
LR0020, 2015, Public Participation
Public Service Integrity
LR0021, 2015, Anti-Corruption
Citizen Feedback Platform.
LR0022, 2015, E-Government
LR0023, 2015, Capacity Building
Public Expenditure Management Systems
LR0024, 2015, Capacity Building
Public Safety/ Law Enforecement Reform
LR0025, 2015, E-Government
Open Data Portal
LR0026, 2015, Access to Information
Appoint Public Information Officers (PIOs)
LR0007, 2015, Capacity Building
Popularize Freedom of Information (Foi) Law
LR0008, 2015, Access to Information
Expand Open Budget Initiative
LR0009, 2015, Access to Information
Public Information on Land and Natural Resource Reform
LR0010, 2015, Anti-Corruption
Increase Access to Public Information
LR0001, 2013, Access to Information
Open Budget Initiative
LR0002, 2013, E-Government
Extractive Industries Transparency
LR0003, 2013, Anti-Corruption
Citizens’ Participation and Dialogue
LR0004, 2013, Public Participation
Accountability and Integrity
LR0005, 2013, Anti-Corruption
Technology and Innovation
LR0006, 2013, Access to Information