HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION HOLDS CONSULTATIVE MEETING ON UPR
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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.
SAHR AND NYUMA FORGING SUSTAINABLE PEACE IN SIERRA LEONE
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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.
Tony Blair Commends Sierra Leone in the fight against Ebola, Expresses support to the Country’s Post Ebola Recovery Programme
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
The Legal Aid Board office in Freetown was stretched to the limit following the storming of the office by desperate students ofthe Njala University seeking the intervention of the Board to secure the release of their colleagues who had been arrested and held in police cells around the city.
On a normal weekday, you would expect at least forty people crammed in the Freetown office to seek the services of the Board. The situation on Thursday, March 23 was characterized by mild chaos as too many students wanted to visit the office to provide updates on students arrested by the police.
The team of Legal Aid Board staff comprising Bankole Morgan and Anthony Karim Kamara negotiated the release of five of the six students detained at the Central Police Station. One was not released because of an alleged inflammatory statement to bring the city on its knees.
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.