July 15, 2010, 8:32 am
By The Carter Center
The National Traditional Council of Liberia (NTC) recently honored Carter Center efforts in the country at a farewell ceremony for the Center’s outgoing country representative, John Hummel. Hummel was gowned in traditional clothing as a show of appreciation to him and The Carter Center for “its good will to the Liberian people,” describing him as “a son whom they will always miss.” The Center will continue its access to justice project under new country representative Chelsea Payne, who will continue working with the NTC under the auspices of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
In an AllAfrica.com article about the event, NTC Chairman Chief Zazan Kawah said “he was particularly impressed with the cordial working relationship between the council and the Carter Center over the past few years,” describing the working atmosphere as rewarding. He also said he was pleased with the manner in which Hummel and the Carter Center’s staff engaged with them and that it was “now time for the traditional people to appreciate the Center for its numerous contributions made in Liberia’s peace-building process, as well as the many assistance rendered the country’s justice system aimed at strengthening the rule of law.”
The Carter Center has worked since 2006 with the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Internal Affairs to strengthen formal systems of justice, educate citizens on their rights, and to strengthen indigenous dispute resolution capacity in ways consistent with the law. Read more about our efforts: www.cartercenter.org/liberia