The Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) wishes to express repugnance over the level of repeated violence and intolerance in the build-up towards the By-Elections in Constituency 050 in Port Loko District and Contituency 001 in Kailahun Distict.
The Commisison vehemently condemns such dastardly actions by political party supporters/members as it will daunt the growth of democracy and the country as a whole. Such conduct by party members/supporters are superfluous, unacceptable and very much against the tenet of good governance and democracy. Politics should be devoid of violence, thuggery and unpatriotic activities.
The Commission also notes with grave concern the unfortunate incidences in Lunsar and Kailahun Districts. The Commission is of the view that use of thugs in our political scene is counterproductive and will mare our quest for peace in Sierra Leone.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Friday concluded a two-day advocacy engagement for local councils, civil society organizations and community stakeholders in the Northern Region and Kono District. The European Union (EU) funded programme was part of the advocacy campaign for the monitoring of Government of Sierra Leone projects.
Speaking at the opening session, in the Abbati Hall, Fatima Campus, University of Makeni (UNIMAK), the Director of Public Education and Outreach ACC, Koloneh Sankoh, said the fight against corruption should not be seen as the sole responsibility of the Commission. She said all citizens must come on board and take ownership of the fight if we want to attain a prosperous nation.
Miss Sankoh said it is also important for Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of Government to demonstrate accountability in the use of Government and donor funds at all times.
She maintained the advocacy was to empower participants to know what is expected of them in the monitoring and evaluation tasks, adding that they should always be attentive in the monitoring and evaluation of public projects.
Written by Trinanjan Radhakrishnan is a Research Officer at Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) Delhi
Thursday, 16 June 2016 13:44
In less than a fortnight, when the Human Rights Council (HRC) convenes in Geneva for its 32nd session, Sierra Leone’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) outcome report will be discussed and adopted by the Council members. Since its establishment a decade ago, the HRC is tasked with protecting and promoting human rights across the globe, as well as addressing emerging violations. In this endeavour, the UPR has become one of the cornerstones of its efforts to strengthen human rights on the ground, in all 193 member-states of the UN.
Interestingly, while Sierra Leone was engaged in the UPR process, the country also stood for HRC elections. Based on its pre-election pledges, Sierra Leone became a member of the 47 nations strong Council in 2013, for a period of three years. With its membership expiring, at the end of 2015, it is time to evaluate Sierra Leone’s performance in the HRC.
The formulation of the UPR is based on the extent of the member-state’s respect for its human rights obligations, contained in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; the various human rights treaties that the state is a part of, and the voluntary pledges made by the country prior to its election to the HRC.
Sierra Leone’s Press Attaché to China has said, the present global era is one of mutual development through collective and concerted efforts of nations, given the reality that “no country can develop in isolation.”
John Baimba Sesay spoke on Saturday, 4th June, 2016, at Peking University, Beijing, on behalf of Ambassador Alimamy P. Koroma, on the invitation of the Centre for New Structural Economics, Peking University.
The statement was in response to a research presentation by students of the University, on Sierra Leone’s Development, specifically aligned to policy matters like, but not limited to, the country’s Macro-economic Growth, Recent Economic and Social Development; Factor Endowment Analysis from the framework of what the country has got to offer, all with the aim of fostering independent thinking among undergraduate students on frontier policy issues about international development.
The Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone (HRCSL) on Tuesday May 24th held its second referral partnership meeting at the Santanno House, Howe Street.
Explaining the purpose of the partnership meeting, the Vice Chairperson of HRCSL, Daphne Olu Williams said it was to obtain information from referred partners on the progress of cases referred to them, to educate and encourage referral partners to have proper records of matters referred. Commissioner Olu-Williams further stated it was to identify and discuss possible challenges faced by referral partners in handling matters, to educate them in handling matters and to educate them on the mandate of HRCSL.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Executive Director of the Legal Aid Board, Ms. Fatmata Claire Carlton-Hanciles and other staff of the Freetown Office have paid an on the spot visit to the Legal Aid Board Office in Waterloo where they interacted with clients. There were twenty-two clients with women accounting for the majority.
Ms. Carlton-Hanciles spoke to some of the clients about their complaints majority of which were maintenance cases. She also touched on the quality of service provided by the staff. She assured that they will received the same quality of service asclients in the Freetown Office and other parts of the country where the scheme has got an office. ‘You have to be patient with us because we do have enough staff to service you all at the same time but we will continue to do our best with the resources at our disposal,’ she assured them.
The Defence Counsel, Lawyer Tholley and Paralegals Arnold Dixon and GibrilJallohbriefed the Ms. Carlton-Hanciles and team on the volume of cases received per day. Ms. Carlton-Hanciles assured that steps are being taken to improve the office with furniture, computers, fan and air conditioners. ‘There is need to improve the working environment for you and our clients as the numbers accessing the scheme continue to increase,’ she said.
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.
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".