Friday 31st October 2014, was a big day for all Africans living in Australia especially Sydney. The month of October ended with an unforgettable meeting held by all Africans including religious leaders in New South Wales (NSW). Some of the purposes of the meeting were to find lasting solutions to Ebola virus that ravages their countries particularly in West Africa, secondly how to approach the Australian government facially to express the frustration and distress situation of their people in Africa especially, West Africa where Ebola is killing their people day in and day out.
The Chairman of the meeting was Mr. James Addo, a Ghanaian national. In his opening remarks, he welcomed and thanked his fellow African brothers and sisters for putting aside their busy schedules in order to make their present felt. He said that it is time for Africans in Australian to come together and work as a team for the benefit of all Africans in the country. “The problem of the deadly disease, Ebola virus in the West Africa region is not only a problem of Guineans, Liberians and Sierra Leoneans. It’s a problem for all Africans and the world as a whole, because after those three countries no one knows wherenext Ebolavirus will have to surface orit,” he commented. He empathised with SierraLeoneans for the untold suffering of their people in the country and commended them for their hard work especially SEAG action group in fighting against Ebola virus in their country.
One of the active members of SaloneEbola Action Group in Sydney who is a medical doctor, Dr. Mike Kamara was asked by the Chairman, Addo to brief his fellow Africans so that there would be no duplication of efforts as Sierra Leone how far they havegone in helping their people in the fight against Ebola in their country. “We as Sierra Leoneans, we have done lots for our country including individuals and also as a group. Dr.Kamara highlighted some of the activities that Sierra Leoneans in Australia had done including the openingof accounts with different international organisations including Red Cross, Rotary and Migrant Resource Centre for fund raising. Sierra Leoneans have contributed money to those accounts for the country to fight against Ebola. Currently we are also engaging the African stokeholdsand the Australian government for man power contribution, because Sierra Leone needs medical doctors, counsellors, nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists to assist the containment of the deadly Ebola disease in the country”, he said.
In helping Dr.Kamara in highlighting some of the good works that been done and still doing by Sierra Leoneans, A. J. Thomas a Sierra Leonean community activist and a Lawyer by profession, commonly known as Iron lady pointed out that they are currently working on both short term and long term goals towards the containment of Ebola virus in their motherland. She said that, some of the short term goals are the lobbying and rallying of the Australian government to send human resources and the issuing of visas to West Africans and other West African friends to go and assist their people the fight against Ebola in the country. “However, all of these issues need a concerted effort by all Africans living in Australia because today is Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia tomorrow could be any other country she added.”
Rosemary, a Kenyan African community activist also commended Sierra Leoneans for doing so well in their community. She pointedout that they were not been informed as Africans about such activities been mentioned by Dr Kamara and A. J. Thomas, especially about their Ebola action groupwithin the Sierra Leone community in Sydney. Therefore it was goodwhen theChairman asked Dr Kamara to explain to them what they have done and still doing as Sierra Leoneans towards their country’s Ebola problem.“Now that we know what is going on in the Sierra Leone community towards the fight against the deadly Ebola disease in their country,all Africans have to come together as a united front to approach the Australian government to do more for Africans especially, in terms of Ebola crisis in the West African countries,” she emphasised.
Members present agreed that a position statement bewritten and presented to the Australian government and a conference shouldalso beorganized andinvite the Australian stake holders including politicians, charitable organisation stakeholders and religious stake holders in the country.
The meeting ended with the formation of different working sub committees including political, lobbying,media and fundraising that will work day and night to see that the dream of Africans in Australia become a reality.
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.
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, April 20, 2017/ -- Four illegal fishing cases have been found during a joint surveillance mission conducted by Greenpeace (www.Greenpeace.org/Africa/en) and Sierra Leone fishery authorities. Two Chinese vessels and one Korean vessel have been arrested for infringements of Sierra Leone fishing legislation, including possessing or using illegal fishing nets on board, no visible marking and a lack of required paperwork, including log books and authorisation for unloading catch. Fishing authorities ordered the vessels to return to Freetown port for further investigation. A fourth vessel, owned by an Italian company, was found with four kilograms of shark fins on board. Though not illegal under Sierra Leonean laws, this is a clear violation of European Union (EU) fishing rules. This boat’s case will be taken further with relevant EU authorities.
In addition, more than 70 bags of shark carcasses were found on one of the Chinese vessels.
The 4th session of the China Africa Press Center (CAPC) Program hosted by the China Public Diplomacy Association (CPDA) was officially launched on Wednesday 1st March 2017 in Beijing, China. This year’s event is running simultaneously with the China South Asia Center 2017 program. Both programs brought together forty-four journalists from Africa and South Asia.
The program you will give journalists the opportunity to cover major domestic and international events in China such as the upcoming Two Sessions, i.e, the 5th Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC) and the 5th Session of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese
People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) (similar to Parliamentary sessions in many countries) in March, the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in May and the 9th BRICS Summit in Autumn this year.
A NEW DAWN FOR JUSTICE AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN SIERRA LEONE, PARLIAMENT APPROVES MELRON NICOL-WILSON AS NEW OMBUDSMAN
The Parliament of the Republic of Sierra Leone has overwhelmingly approved the appointment of Mr Melron Nicol-Wilson as new Ombudsman, on Tuesday April 11, 2017. This follows him being named by H.E President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma as the replacement to Justice Edmond Cowan - a long-standing legal icon, who now chairs the Sierra Leone Constitutional Review Committee.
A man whose action speaks louder than words, Mr Nicol-Wilson has been appointed as new Ombudsman for Sierra Leone, a position reserved for high-profile people, who are well-respected and with unblemished character. Mr Nicol-Wilson has the typical pedigree of an Ombudsman, best known both in Sierra Leone and internationally as a champion for justice and human rights.
The Parliament’s decision to approve Mr Nicol-Wilson was anticipated, as the high-profile human rights lawyer emerged unscathed from an exchange of views with Members of Parliament.
(The thoughts expressed in this article are purely and entirely the thoughts of the author)
Election in any democratic setting, include the enjoyment of those rights that will elicit the full participation of individuals in determining the political life of his/her country. An election is a decision making process through which eligible citizens(those who have reached the age of majority, 18 years and above and with sound mind) freely choose their leaders through the ballot box to hold public offices for a specified term.
Generally, people vote with the expectation that the office holders would represent their communitiesand or countries best interest. Elections are viewed as a central feature of the rule of law, human rights, and democracy. Essentially, election is a testimony to peoples’ sovereignty and that ought to be respected and the process must be credible, otherwise there will be challenge with regards the acceptance of the result.
April 24th 2017: On the occasion of the 56th anniversary of Sierra Leone’s independence, Movement for Social Progress (MSP) had requested the Sierra Leone Police to provide the necessary security for a peaceful Alternative Peoples Independence Procession and Rally that was planned to coincide with the official celebrations. The procession was planned to start from Clock Tower to Brima Atouga Stadium in the East end of the city while the official events are scheduled to take place in the West end of the city.
In a meeting with senior members of the Sierra Leone Police at the SLP headquarters, on Monday 24th April attended by the Inspector General, Francis Munu, the Head of Police Operations, Assistant Inspector General (AIG) Al-Sheikh Kamara, AIG Memuna Konteh Jalloh, AIG FUK Dabor, among others, the police top brass told members of MSP that they would not be able to provide security for the procession and rally.
The Inspector General of Police, Francis Munu, informed the meeting that they were overstretched with covering the official events, the traditional masquerade (or Odele) parade as well as the Lantern Parade on the eve of Independence.
Sierra Leone has joined other countries in the world to commemorated World Malaria Day on the theme: “End Malaria For Good” with the slogan: “Sleep under a Mosquito net always” on Tuesday April 25, 2017 at the St. Anthony Parish hall Brookfields in Freetown.
Launching the World Malaria Day 2017, the Sierra Leone Malaria Indicator Survey 2016 Report and the Sierra Leone Malaria Business Plan 2016 -2018, the Deputy Health and Sanitation Minister 1, Madam Madina Rahman said malaria continues to threaten more than half of the world’s population and presents an alarming threat to global development.
She informed her audience that as of 2016, an estimated 3.2 billion people, almost half of the world’s population in 97 countries and territories including Sierra Leone are at risk of being infected with malaria.
LAB wants transports to allocate seats to the blind
The Executive Director of the Legal Aid Board, Ms. Fatmata Claire Carlton-Hanciles has disclosed plans to launch a White Cane Campaign in the coming weeks.
Ms. Carlton-Hanciles made the disclosure while addressing a cross section of the Waterloo Community including stakeholders at the District Council Hall on Monday, 24 April 2017 in a meeting to plan the launch of the Legal Aid Board in Waterloo in the WesternArea Rural District on 6 May 2017.
She noted that the campaign will seek to address the challenges faced by blind people in using public transport. ‘Blind people have been suffering in silence for far too long,’ she said. ‘They have been discriminated against because of their disability and this cannot be tolerated.’
Former elected Vice President Samuel Sam Sumana left Freetown International Airport, Lungi late afternoon Wednesday April 19, 2017 onboard Kenya Airways on an "Emergency Travel Certificate", en route to Abuja, Nigeria on or about April 23/24, 2017 for the hearing of his petition filed on October 24, 2016 in the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice, "seeking an enforcement of his fundamental Human Rights arising from his unconstitutional removal from office, and for further orders contained in the application."
"This matter has been set down for hearing by the Court for April 26, 2017."
According to a spokesman for the Sam Sumana family Matthias Bendu who was with Sam Sumana at the airport until the aircraft was airborne because of advanced information reaching the family that there would be some problem awaiting Sam Sumana at the airport, Matthias Bendu told this Writer on the cellphone from the airport that Sam Sumana "was detained by Immigration Officers at the airport for more than thirty minutes after the aircraft landed, and it was due to the intervention of the Inspector General of Police Francis Munu who told the immigration Officers that Sam Sumana had not committed any crime and must be allowed to travel".