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Editorial

2016 Global Peace Conference to be held in Freetown---as IPRA 50th Birthday confab ends in Istanbul

 

The 26th biennal conference of the Internatonal Peace Research Association (IPRA) is billed to take place in  Freetown, Sierra Leone in November 2016, marking the second time Africa has hosted the conference since the founding of IPRA in 1964. This was announced following the re-election of  the two IPRA Secretaries-general, Dr Ibrahim Seaga Shaw (pictured) and Dr Nesrin Kenar, who co-ordinated the 25th  IPRA conference in Turkey,  at the organisation’s administrative meeting on August 14 during the 25th  IPRA  conference in Istanbul  to serve a second term of two years.

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Business News

Brussels Airlines organises exploratory trade mission to Sierra Leone

Brussels/Freetown 15 January 2016 - In close cooperation with the Secretary of State for Foreign Trade Pieter De Crem and with the Chamber of Commerce CBL-ACP, Brussels Airlines is organising an exploratory trade mission to Sierra Leone next week. Together with the Belgian government and Belgian companies, Brussels Airlines is keen to support the rebuilding of the country that had suffered from the Ebola crisis and to discuss cooperation opportunities.

Over the last two years, Sierra Leone had been severely affected by the Ebola crisis. Not only did it claim thousands of lives, businesses in both countries also suffered. Business travellers and investors stayed away, the output of (agricultural) goods fell and major infrastructure projects were put on hold. Despite the extremely tough operating conditions, Brussels Airlines remained as the sole European airline connecting the country to Europe and the rest of the world. The flights served as a major supply line for the country that was largely isolated.

Now that Sierra Leone has been declared Ebola-free, Brussels Airlines is keen to also play an active role in the much needed economic and social revival of the country. Last summer, flight frequencies to Freetown had already been increased from two to four times weekly. By organising an exploratory trade mission, Brussels Airlines has now also widened the opportunity for an expansion of trade relations and cooperation with Belgium.

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Media News

Editor of Salone Times Newspaper Apologizes to Parliament

The Editor of Salone Times Newspaper, Thomas Dixon, on Tuesday 8 December2015, apologized to Parliament for publishing a misleading story on the Ministry of Information and Communications’ budget that was before the Sub- Appropriation Committee Three, chaired by Hon. Benneh Bangura.

Presenting his apology at the Conference Room of Parliament, Thomas Dixon, against a backdrop of evidence presented, including sections  of the  Parliamentary Standing Orders  and of the 1991 Constitution premised on contempt of parliament, promised to do a retraction and apologize to Parliament (for failing to follow procedures and presenting inaccurate figures).

Earlier, the Clerk of Parliament, Hon. Ibrahim Sesay, welcomed journalists, describing the meeting as a family discussion.

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Commentary

Sierra Leone Is Not A Religious State ...Abortionist Avers

A renowned lawyer and rights activist has reminded Lawyers, Parliamentarians, the Inter Religious Council Sierra Leone and theocrats opposing the Safe Abortion Bill, 2015 that we are living in a non religious but secular state.

Secularism is a product of Democracy and a system of political or social philosophy that rejects all forms of religious faith and worship, the idea also hold the view that public education and other matters of civil policy should be conducted without the introduction of a religious element in it
social order.

Lawyer Emanuel Saffa Abdulai said Lawyers like Fonah and Clergymen opposing the Safe Abortion proposition that they should not be oblivious of the fact that we are living secularist state in which non religious views are constitutional.

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View Point

UNITED NATIONS TREATY BODIES AND HOW THEY FUNCTION PART ONE: WHAT ARE THE HUMAN RIGHTS TREATY BODIES?

(The thoughts expressed in this article are purely and entirely the thoughts of the author)

The human rights treaty bodies are committees of independent experts that monitor implementation of the core international human rights treaties. The treaty bodies are mandated to monitor the implementation of United Nations human rights treaties by the states parties. Each treaty establishes the mandate of its monitoring body, except for the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, whose mandate was instituted by a resolution of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

TREATY BODIES REPORTING PROCEDURES

Treaty bodies reporting procedure is a central feature of the United Nations human rights treaty system. The reporting procedure may serve a number of objectives – it offers “an occasion for each State party to:

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News - Press Release

President Koroma leads Sierra Leone’s most significant outreach to UK-based investors

For immediate release:
05/02/2015

On 25th February, President Koroma will lead his Government to London, for the UK-Sierra LeoneTrade & Investment Forum: the country’s most significant investment outreach in recent years. Organised by DMA in partnership with SLIEPA and supported by UN, ECOWAS, Mano-River Union, FCO,UKTI;the visit will outline the opportunities that exist to foreign investors, as well as the government’s broader economic development.

Since 2001, Sierra Leone has enjoyed peaceful government transitions, some of the highest-ranking GDP growth rates in the world and continues to remain committed to attracting quality international investment into the country.

The UK-Sierra Leone Trade & Investment Forum is an important part of  Sierra Leone’s post-Ebola economic recovery plan where HE President Koroma will present his Government’s agenda to restore and strengthen private sector growth and to encourage new inward investment.

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Society -Local News

CDS Maneuvers ‘Hon. Fofie’ Case

Hon. Amadu Fofanah alias Fofie has assured the public that the outcome of the Parliamentary investigation on an allege insult and demolition at Fergusson will be explained to them at the end of it all.

His pronouncement comes following a Ministry of Defence in a press conference held on Tuesday 2nd February 2016  for the first time spoke on the status of  an ongoing Parliamentary  Defence and Presidential Affairs

Oversight Committee investigation in an allege case of insult, demolition and raining of tyranny involving a certain military personnel, Hon. Fofie and constituents of  constituency 109 .

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Development

At The Industrial Court… Justice Hamilton Dismisses Defence Applications

As trial continue on the matter against the Foday B Kargbo and others(Plaintiffs) and the Managing Director of Universal Vehicle Rental, the sitting Judge of the Industrial Court, Justice O Hamilton, has dismissed the application made by the defendant counsel on the ground of lack of merit.

The plaintiffs, Foday B Kargbo and others took the defendant to court for redress on what they referred to as wrongful termination and denial of their entitlements.

Since the inception of the matter in court the defendant failed to appear in order to answer to charges levied against him by the plaintiffs.

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Politics

‘INVESTIGATE EBOLA RESURGENCE’ – Hon PC Bai Kurr

A member of parliament who is also a paramount chief, Hon Bai Kurr Kanagbaro Kasanka III, in his contribution in the ongoing debate of President Koroma’s national address in Parliament, condemned the resurgence of ebola in his native Tonkolili, northern Sierra Leone.

Hon Bai Kurr said the resurgence of ebola is actually an unfortunate situation, something that should be further investigated – to the applause of many in the House.

Hon Bai Kurr also thanked President Koroma for his leadership skills and for being an exemplary president, who has a lot of achievements under his belt.

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