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HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION HOLDS CONSULTATIVE MEETING ON UPR PDF Print E-mail
Written by Expotimes   
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 12:43

The Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone with funding from the UNDP and the Multi Partner Trust fund started  a two day  regional consultation with stakeholders , MDAs and Traditional Authorities on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) .

The regional engagements are simultaneously held in Bo which combined with Kenema and in Magburuka where Western Area and Norther Region combined.

Speaking during the opening ceremony in Bo, the Executive Secretary of HRCSL, Francess Alghali said the purpose of the training was to capacitate the stakeholders and to provide a broaden overview on the various processes involved and  to enhance the Commission in providing the appropriate technical support to the state and other relevant parties.

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SAHR AND NYUMA FORGING SUSTAINABLE PEACE IN SIERRA LEONE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Expotimes   
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 12:31

Once the closest of friends, Sahr, who lives in Kpekeledu village and Nyuma, also from Kpekedu inKissiTeng chiefdom, Kailahun district had been brutally torn apart by decade long civil conflict in Sierra Leone.

The two were barely teenagers when the Revolutionary United Front(RUF) rebels invaded their villages. Sahr and his father fled into the bush only to be captured by the rebels

Unfortunately,Sahr wasordered  to kill his father.He refused.His repeated refusal to kill his own father angered the marauding men.His childhood friend,Nyuma, who was also captured, was given orders to kill the old man. He immediately went into action by slitting the throat of  Sahr’s father.

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Tony Blair Commends Sierra Leone in the fight against Ebola, Expresses support to the Country’s Post Ebola Recovery Programme PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jonathan Abass Kamara   
Monday, 18 May 2015 11:08

Freetown, May 14, 015 (MOHS) - Former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair has commended the government of Sierra Leone and partners in the fight to contain the Ebola virus disease, and reiterated his government’s support to the country’s Post Ebola Recovery programme.

Speaking to the Local Press during his visit at the Connaught Hospital in Freetown, Tony Blair expressed his commitment to ensuring that Sierra Leone’s health care system is complemented with specialized units that would help develop the country’s human resource capacity and logistics.

The Former Prime Minister noted the strides made by frontline health workers during the Ebola outbreak which has led to the country moving to zero cases that hopefully would be sustained.

He visited several units including the Dialysis Unit, the Male Surgical and Paediatric Wards, and demonstrated his appreciation over the country’s progress by embracing the staff of the hospital, cleaners inclusive with group photographs.

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SLRSA, MDGTWU, launch Hand Washing Campaign PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mariama Turay   
Monday, 11 May 2015 15:19

In continuation of the celebration of Road Safety Week, Sierra Leone Roads Safety Authority in collaboration with Motor Drivers & General Transport Workers Union have on Tuesday 5 May launched the hand washing campaign at the drivers union headquarter, TEXSACO lorry park.

  In his opening remarks, the public relations officer of SLRSA, Abdul Karim Dumbuya, who doubled as the chairman of the occasion, said the commemoration of Road Safety Week is done each year from 4-10 of May.

  He said the theme for last year is pedestrian safety, but they chose “Save Kids Lives” because of the high rate of their involvement in road accident.

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IPAM CERTIFIES PARLIAMENTARY STAFF PDF Print E-mail
Written by PR Department   
Friday, 08 May 2015 10:54

As part of its staff development policy, the Parliamentary Service Commission, in collaboration with the University of Sierra Leone, has concludedtwo-week hands-on training workshop in computer applications for staff of Parliament.

Speaking at the certification ceremony held at Parliament building, the Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Sierra Leone, Professor Alison Sesay who also presented the certificates, said that the programme falls within the tripartite functions of the University, which include community service. Congratulating the fifty (50) receipients, he admonished them to use the knowledge gained to make a difference and hoped the training will be part of their continuing education in computer applications.

The IPAM Short-term Course Coordinator, Mr. R. Pearce noted that two weeks is not enough and therefore encouraged participants to call on the facilitators whenever the need arises.

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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

Four illegal fishing cases found in Sierra Leone in four days

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.

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Media News

Press Freedom under Siege in West Africa: 30 Media Workers Arrested in 38 Days

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.

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Commentary

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.

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View Point

ELECTION IS A TESTIMONY TO PEOPLE’S SOVEREIGNTY

(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.

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News - Press Release

PARLIAMENT DEFERS DEBATE ON THE FINANCE ACT 2017
The Parliament of Sierra Leone has on Thursday 20th April 2017 unanimously voted for the deferment of debate on the Bill entitled “The Finance Act 2017”, pending a pre-legislative briefing and that it should be piloted by the substantive Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr. Momodu Kargbo.
Hon. Dr. Bernadette Lahai, Minority Leader of the House who moved the motion explained the importance of the Finance Bill that it provides for the sources of revenue for Government in respect of taxation. She furthered that the pre-legislative hearing will clearly explain the reductions, additions, and significant changes that have been included in the Finance Act of 2017 to Members of Parliament, who will better articulate issues connected thereto during the course of the debate.
The Rt. Hon. Speaker of Parliament, SBB Dumbuya said that “judging from the significance of the Bill, it should be preceded by a pre-legislative briefing” as per the dictates of parliamentary practices and procedures.
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Society -Local News

RTD. CAPTAIN ALIMAMY MAROUF SESAY - a civilian wrongfully tried by a military court-martial and summarily executed

On Sunday 26 March 2017, three very close family members were 'laid to rest' at a Thanksgiving and Memorial service held at the King Memorial United Methodist Church in Freetown. That service celebrated memories of the following family members: Mrs Lydia Sesay nee Yormah (my elder sister), her son Rtd. Captain Alimamy Sesay, and Madame Gbonu Yormah nee Gbloh. 

Although these departed loved ones had died and were interred several years ago in my absence that thanksgiving service enabled me to truly emotionally connect with their demise. For one of the deceased the circumstances of his death did not permit us to give him a fitting funeral so to me that service served as his fitting, albeit belated, funeral service. That event has now freed me from the encumbrances that had prevented me for almost 19 years to put my thoughts about his demise on paper. This piece therefore serves as a tribute to his memory.

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Development

PRESS RELEASE: Rural Renewable Energy Project Conducts Installation Training

FREETOWN, 19 April 2017: UNOPS Sierra Leone is hosting a training for selected installation companies, in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy, the President’s Recovery Priorities (PRP) programme and United Kingdom Government’s Department for International Development (DFID – also known as ‘UK Aid’).

The theoretical aspect of the training runs from 18th to 20thApril at the Golden Tulip Hotel, followed by 14 days of on-the-job sessionsin Petifu and Conakry Dee communities, in Port Loko District.ASACO, the supplier of the solar equipment, is providing the training facilitators and installation tools.

Participants are mainly Sierra Leonean engineers from Barefoot Women Solar Engineers Association (BWSEA),Frontier Business Solutions (FBS) and APTECH Africa Limited. Training contents include, photovoltaic (PV) system basics, types of solar systems, arrays and connections, project safety and guidance on using the installation checklists.

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Politics

SAM SUMANA TRAVELS TO GHANA ON "EMERGENCY TRAVEL CERTIFICATE"
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".
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