Delegates from more than forty African nations have arrived in Liberia to attend a United Nations sponsored semina???
GV: Building and delegates arriving.
SV: Unity conference centre sign.
GV: President Tolbert of Liberia arriving and being greeted by U.N. Representative
GV INTERIOR: conference.
CU: Tolbert making opening address with delegates from Kenya, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Ethiopia, Egypt, Congo, Central African Empire, Burundi, Benin, Liberia, Mali Mauritania. (13 shots)
TOLBERT: "This conference will therefore demonstrate to the world that we indeed worthy of the principles we enunciate. We must now commit ourselves to the elimination of alien oppression not to introduce a new form of oppression of our own people. An important aspect of the problem of human rights, a question that must be bared uppermost in mind, is that Africa has more than four million refugees. Probably the largest refugee population anywhere in the world. We must recognise the fact that these people for the most pat, fled their homeland because they were denied their fundamental human rights as citizens of their country. They were forced to abandon their own lands because of the astrocities inflicted upon them by their own governments, to deny with impunity their civil, political social and cultural rights. We cannot and must not forget that Africa has her own share of human horrors, indignities and deprivations. Thus the refugee problem is intensely relevant to our fight for the restitution, readiness and protection of human rights and human dignity in our continent."
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Background: Delegates from more than forty African nations have arrived in Liberia to attend a United Nations sponsored semina???on human rights.
SYNOPSIS: The Unity Conference Centre in Virginia, Liberia -- about sixteen miles from Monrovia is the location for this conference. Delegates from more than forty African counties are in Liberia for the conference which will end on September twenty first. Among earlier arrivals were the Secretary General of the Organisation of African Unity, Mr. Edem Kodjoe and representatives from European and American human rights organisations. The delegates will discuss the roles their nations can play in the establishment of some form of regional institution and possibly a commission for human rights in Africa President William tolbert of Liberia made the opening keynote address on Monday (10 September)