As first Sierra Leonean sworn in… HRCSL presents report to African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights
Written by Expotimes
Thursday, 05 November 2015 21:38
As the first Sierra Leonean woman is being sworn in as Commissioner in the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone (HRCSL) on Thursday 5th November 2015 presented its report to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) at its 57th Session in Banjul, The Gambia.
This is Sierra Leone’s fulfillment of its reporting requirement under the African Charter for the first time since it was adopted by the OAU on 27 June 1981 and it is its Sierra Leone’s initial and combined reports from 1983-2013.
HRCSL statement on the human rights situation highlighted areas on the EVD disease, Administration of Justice i.e Poilice Cells, Courts, Correctional Centres, Women and Children. The country report will be considered on the 8th which will be presented by the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Frank Kargbo.
DIASPORA IN FINLAND DONATES MEDICAL ITEMS TO HOSPITALS IN FREETOWN
Written by ODA Communications Unit
Thursday, 05 November 2015 21:31
A Sierra Leonean musical Ambassador in Finland, Sorie Obai Kamara (aka Obi-Phrase) who is representing AWOL Finland and Ripsta Culture GEDO in Finland ry has donated medical items worth 400 million, Leones to some Hospitals in Freetown.
The donated items include boxes of gloves, hospital beds, walking aid, wheel chairs, PPES, andboxes of assorted medical items. These medical items were donated to hospitals including princess Christian Maternity (PCMH), Macauley Street Government Hospital and Connaught Government Hospital in Freetown.
Speaking at a donation ceremony on the 30th October 2015 at Macauley Street Government Hospital, the Sierra Leone Music Ambassador, who also doubles as the Secretary General and founder of AWOL Finland Chapter/ CEO Ripsta Culture GEDO in Finland ry said the Ebola Virus seriously affected Sierra Leone and other West African Contries, ‘’ so therefore we launched a musical campaign in Finland to mobilize resources towards the fight against the Ebola Virus in Sierra Leone” Said Obi Phrase.
ACC TAKES THE FIGHT TO MAMANKA IN BOMBALI DISTRICT
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Saturday, 31 October 2015 22:18
In rolling out one of the approaches to fighting corruption, the Northern Region office of the Anti-Corruption Commission on Thursday held an outreach community education meeting with the indigenes of the Mamanka community, in the Gbendembu Gowahun Chiefdom, Bombali District.
Speaking on the purpose of the engagement, the ACC Manager North, Abu Bakarr Kamara maintained, that fighting corruption has three main approaches namely: education, prevention and confrontation which constitutes investigation and prosecution.
He furthered, ACC was in their midst on a public education and awareness raising campaign and to solicit their much needed support in the crusade.
NERC Boss Optimistic About Ebola Ending on 7 November
Written by Fatmata B Sheriff
Friday, 30 October 2015 10:57
Chief executive officer of the National Ebola Response Centre, Alfred Palo Conteh, said on 28 October 2015 that he is pleased to inform Sierra Leoneans that the country has gone for six consecutive weeks without recording cases.
“This is a remarkable achievement in our fight against the Ebola outbreak,” he said. “I am also pleased to announce that WHO has said if the current trend continues, that 7 November will be declared the current outbreak over in Sierra Leone. That will mark 42 days since the last confirmed case tested twice negative, on 25 September 2015.”
He however hastened to remind the country that 7 November will only come to fruition if we continue to do the right thing as a nation.
Imam calls on government, humanitarian groups for support
Written by slena
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 10:10
Rokel Village, Oct. 26 (SLENA) -The Imam of Masjid Raman, Upper Container, Rokel village, Sherik Abubakarr Jalloh has called on government and international humanitarian’s organization to support him in taking care of 122 Arabic students in the Rokel village.
Speaking to this medium at Rokel village, the Imam saidhe is taking care of one hundred and twenty-two (122) students in Arabic education but lacks the necessary tools to enable the students archive their desired goals.
He said of the 122 student 60% of them are orphans and the Islamic center cannot accommodate all of them, he therefore called on government and humanitarian organizations to help him in building anArabic school in the community in order to foster the dreams of the children in archiving Islamic education.
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.
In Sierra Leone, the notion of corporate social responsibility has always been associated with the private sector. No wonder some people see the active involvement of the National Revenue Authority (NRA) in corporate social activities as strange, and many have opined that a tax collecting body should not be engaged in corporate social responsibility activities.
However, the impact of corporate social responsibility (CSR) on corporate image is immense, even for tax collecting bodies. The perception that tax collectors are monsters vigorously bent on collecting people's earnings with no care for the environment or the vulnerable in the community they operate is evolving. Indeed, many revenue authorities in Africa are today socially responsible.
The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) in an article in its website argues that "the nature of Revenue Collectors' mandate makes them the hill of the nation such that whatever they do is mirrored and echoed by many".
Press freedom has come under severe attack in West Africa as security agencies, particularly the police, appear to be on rampage against journalists and media workers. In a space of 38 days (January 5-February 12, 2017), 30 media workers have been arrested, detained and/or assaulted by security forces, prompting fears that the gains that have been made in recent years on press freedom and freedom of expression could be eroded.
The 30 victims, made up of 15 journalists and 15 media technicians, were arrested, detained and/or assaulted in 10 separate incidents in four countries namely Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea and Togo. Nigeria recorded six incidents, Cote d’Ivoire recorded two incidents while Guinea and Togo recorded an incident each.
In Nigeria, seven journalists were arrested and detained during the period. In Cote d’Ivoire, six journalists were arrested and detained in a single incident while one journalist each was affected in Guinea and Togo, bringing the total number of journalists affected to 15. In respect of the other media workers, nine staff of a newspaper printing firm were arrested in single incident. In Cote d’Ivoire, six technicians working with the state-owned television station were also arrested in a single incident.
Dr. David Tam-Baryoh: A New Broom in Sierra Leone Politics
Dr. David Tam-Baryoh is a household name in Sierra Leone, mostly because of his“Good Governance” popular radio programme called monologue. In fact the programme has become sopopular that most people prefer to call the presenter “Mr. Monologue”. Recently Mr. Monologue said in two or three of his programmes that he would be going intopolitics. It looked like a joke the first time he said it. But after saying it over threeor four times it is no longer a joke.
So Dr. David Tam-Baryoh is going into politics in 2018. Those who are very closeto him will tell you that this is a fact. The Doctor has made up his mind. Afterdiscussing and editing serious national issues on newspaper pages and on the airwaves for almost twenty five years, hehas decided that he cannot achieve much for the people behind the microphone and the pen. He now wants toengage into something that will make a direct impact on the lives of Sierra Leoneans.
And the Doctor thinks politics is the best way to do this, if we look at politics as“the authoritative allocation of scarce resources within a nation state.” He wants tobe part of the allocation of Sierra Leone’s scarce resources.
Precious Minerals, Public Trust and Government’s Openness
By late 2001, the Anti Corruption Commission arrested then Sierra Leone's transport and communications minister, together with his wife, “for involvement in illegal diamond mining” in Kenema district. Large quantum of illicit diamonds had been found in their possession, according to a BBC report at the time.
With some diamonds said to have been smuggled out of the country by the minister, the incident happened at a time when the rebel war was raging and the key perpetrators- the RUF were also seriously involved in illicit mining and smuggling. The minister was later jailed in 2003 for two years for illegal possession of diamonds.
Amongst other factors, Sierra Leone’s civil war was fuelled mainly by diamond, specifically “conflict diamonds”- those diamonds that originated from territories controlled by rebel forces (UN definition).
The Legal Aid Board’s Alternative Dispute Resolution on Tuesday, 7 March 2017 resolved a long standing dispute in respect of a property on Newcastle Street, in Kissy, Freetown between one Mr. Solomon Samba Mansaray and his seventy-seven year old elder sister Madam Marian Kamara who is in the country on holiday from the United States of America.
The two who had not been on speaking terms were reconciled. Both promised to work together in the interest of peace in the family. In this vein, Madam Marian Kamara agreed to cancel a U$ 400 debt owed by Mr. Mansaray.
While the tension between the two had been lingering several years,Mr. Mansaray decided to report the matter to the Board in Freetown when he got information that Madam Marian Kamara was planning to sell theproperty. The owner of the property who is the sister of both parties had died over a decade ago without leaving a will.
As the Legal Aid Board prepares to provide legal assistance to indigents and children engaged in election related violence, it has successfully secured the discharge of a twenty-five old from Wilberforce in the West of Freetown charged with violence.
The Legal Aid Defence Counsel Hadiru Daboh secured the discharge after drawing the court’s attention to the failure of the complainant to attend court sittings for seven consecutive adjournments. What’s more, the complainant has not furnished the court with any reasons for his absence. Magistrate I.S. Bangura agreed with the Defence Counsel and discharged the matter. He noted that discharge would not stop the prosecution from reinstating the matter in future.
The accused, Alpha Kanuwho plied his trade as driver and apprentice at the Wilberforce lorry park got involved in a fight with his boss Michael Aruna in February 2017. He was arrested and taken to the Congo Cross Police station following a complaint by his boss. According to Alpha Kanu, his injuries were ignored by the police even though they were more serious. He spent fifteen days at the Congo police station before the matter was charged to court.
U.S. Africa Command Launches a 33-Nation Maritime Exercise: Sierra Leone Maritime “Full Speed Ahead”
During March 23-31, the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) issponsoring “Obangame Express”, an in-port Command Post exerciseand at-sea maritime exercise designed to enhance maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea.The exercise includes 33 partner nations, as well as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS).
The exercise is designed to improve cooperation andinformation sharing, and to refine tactics, techniques and procedures among participating nations.
The “Obangame Express”exercise will be based on realistic modern-day scenarios such as piracy, illegal fishing and hijacking. During the exercise,Maritime Operations Centers (MOCs) will be challenged to recognize illicit acts and share trackinginformation with other MOCs throughout the region.
The winner of the Pride of Australia Award, Ansumana Usman Koroma popularly known as AUK has called on all Sierra Leoneans within and outside Sierra Leone to support and fully participate in both the ongoing voter registration that has started March 20 to end April 19 2017 and the forthcoming nationwide civil registration process slated April 24 to June 11 2017.
AUK who is a Political and Policy Analyst working in Australia said the mass registration of every citizen is a very important process in the development agenda of the country. He therefore appealed to all Sierra Leoneans to put politics aside and understand that the process would help government consolidate citizens’ data and enhance effective service delivery and improve monitoring of government programmes and policies.
He stressed that the national civil registration authority is created to promote a greater sense of nationalism and common identity.