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Press Release
Female Lawyer Writes President Koroma PDF Print E-mail
Press Release
Written by Mariama Dumbuya, Barrister & Solicitor   
Thursday, 04 February 2016 22:12

February 3rd, 2016

His Excellency the President, Dr Ernest Bai Koroma

State House

Freetown

Sierra Leone

Your Excellency,

RE: AN ANALYSIS OF THE BILL ENTITLED SAFE ABORTION ACT 2015 – THE BITTER PILL WE MUST SWALLOW IN THE NAME OF FAIRNESS, PROGRESS AND JUSTICE AND THE CASE FOR IT TO BE PASSED INTO LAW.

It is with utmost respect that I write to you as President of the Republic of Sierra Leone and the Fountain of Honour and Justice.

I write in my capacity as a citizen of Sierra Leone and more importantly a Sierra Leonean woman with two children. I have examined the law and write from the prism of woman.

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Human Rights Recommendations for Sierra Leone PDF Print E-mail
Press Release
Written by press statement   
Monday, 01 February 2016 19:36

On 27 January, Sierra Leone’s Human Rights record was reviewed at the on-going Universal Periodic Review in Geneva, Switzerland.

The AG/Minister of Justice of Sierra Leone led the delegation and made the following submission;  that the country had just undergone their review under the African Charter on HRs and Peoples Rights and complied with their reporting obligations under CEDAW and CAT; that Sierra Leone continues to implement the recommendations from the two Transitional Justice bodies including on reparations (Special Court for Sierra Leone and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission); that recruitment of child soldiers has been eradicated including through the new Armed Forces regulation; that while a State of Emergency had been declared in July 2014 following the Ebola crisis, that it has since elapsed, and was at all times strictly limited to what was absolutely necessary; that it is undergoing a review of its Constitution with its report being submitted in March 2016, followed by a referendum; that the budgetary support to the NHRI has been increased in the annual budget; a Justice Sector Coordination Office has been established, with a Legal Aid Board soon to be operationalized to provide legal aid services; the Independent Police Complaints Board has also been operationalized, as well as Family Support Units in the police stations to better address domestic violence/SGBV cases; and a Children’s Commission has been established to pursue child abuse and address corporal punishment. 

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Belgian Trade Pre-Mission visit Connaught Hospital PDF Print E-mail
Press Release
Written by JAK/KK/MOHS/SLENA   
Friday, 22 January 2016 11:07

Freetown, Jan. 20,016 (MOHS) - A high powered Belgian Trade Pre-Mission to Sierra Leone, led by the Secretary of State for Foreign Trade, Mr. Pieter De Crem has visited the Connaught hospital for possible support to the institution.

The team which comprises officials from Belgian Government, Belgian companies, representatives from Africa and mediavisited the Ebola trial vaccine unit, the screening facility for the patients as well as triage and isolation facilities and Dialysis unit of the hospital.

Speaking on behalf of the delegation, the Secretary of State for Foreign Trade, Mr. Pieter De Crem said the Federal Government of Belgium Foreign Trade supported Sierra Leone a lot when they were hit by the Ebola crisis through their airline company.

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SLAJ condemns arrest of Jonathan Leigh PDF Print E-mail
Press Release
Written by press statement   
Friday, 18 December 2015 22:10

The Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) is appalled by the arrest, by the police, of journalist Jonathan Leigh, Managing Editor of the Independent Observer newspaper, over an alleged publication of reported violent incidents in Kono following campaigns by the ruling All People's Congress (APC) and the main opposition Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP) in the build-up to the Saturday December 19, 2015 by-election in Constituency 25 in Kono.

Mr. Leigh was picked up in his office in the evening of Thursday 17 December by three officers from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), who told the journalist that they were acting on "orders" to arrest him regarding his front page publication of that day. The investigating officers said the journalist was being interrogated for "false publication"; he was subsequently detained after statement had been obtained from him.

SLAJ is concerned that there seems to exist a consistent pattern by the police to arrest journalists for their publications instead of allowing the body established by law to regulate the media – the Independent Media Commission (IMC) – to handle such matters. We view Mr. Leigh's arrest as a clear case of political harassment and intimidation and therefore call for his immediate release.

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SLRA PRO Explains Salini Impregilo Quarry Operations PDF Print E-mail
Press Release
Written by Mohamed Kamara   
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 11:05

The   Public Relations Officer of the Sierra Leone Roads Authority (SLRA), Sorie Ibrahim Kanu has reacted to a story published in the Awoko Newspaper of Wednesday 9th December 2015 titled: EPA To Close Salini Impregilo Quarry Operations.

In that publication, Mr. Kanu said that the author of that article failed to know that the Government of Sierra Leone is responsible for property acquisition, borrow pit, quarries, land for camp construction and all EIA Licenses for any road projects across the country. 

He pointed out that SLRA acquired EIA Licenses for the Matotoka Road rehabilitation and construction project in December 2013.

"There was a misunderstanding that Salini Empregu is operating a quarry for the said project without a valid license, but failing to know that Salini Empregu is among the quarries that operates under road projects in the country," he said. 

He  added that, closing Salini Impregilo  will  give them a plus  because any time they  stop working,  government will lost not less than  US$ 10,000 dollars a day and multiply in four days,   you'll see the  huge amount of money government  may lose if a closure comes in.

"As the people know, contractors are operating with time frame and maximizing profit which is their aim," he pointed out. 

Mr. Kanu drew reference in the Lungi Port Loko road when the 'Ojeh' society placed a ban on the CRSG in Lungi, little they didn't know that the company was not losing anything.

The Public Relations Officer told this press that they want to inform the general public that it's not the responsibility of any road contractors to acquire license for its quarry operations but the said misunderstanding is being resolved by SLRA and EPA -SL amicably.

 
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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

ACC CAPACITATES SIERRA LEONE COMMERCIAL BANK STAFF ON ANTI-BRIBERY AND ANTI-CORRUPTION ISSUES

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on the request of the Management of the Sierra Leone Commercial Bank (SLCB) on Thursday 20th July, 2017 commenced anti- bribery and anti-corruption training with staff of the Bank.

The training which was held in the Bank's Conference Room 9th Floor, Christian Smith Building 29/31 Siaka Stevens Street, Freetown attracted over twenty members of the Executive Management.

Addressing colleagues, the Managing Director, SLCB, Idrissa Aloma Kamara disclosed that the Bank has integrated into the Bank's operations anti-corruption measures, such as the development of anti-corruption policy, anti-graft messages inscribed on Bank Statements and sensitization of staff on the dangers of corruption. With all these, the MD stated, it is the view of the Bank that the ACC which is the statutory body responsible for the campaign against corruption be brought in, to provide awareness training on anti-bribery issues for an efficient and effective banking system.

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Media News

Freedom of Expression Violations Rise Sharply in West Africa

The incidents of freedom of expression rights violations in West Africa more than tripled in the first quarter (January-March) of 2017.

Over the three-month period, a total of 47 violations were recorded as against 14 violations for the last quarter (October-December) of 2016. The violations recorded in the quarter under review range from arrests and detentions to physical attacks, online violations, shutdown of media houses, censorship, seizure and destruction of property and killings. The 47 violations occurred in 10 out of the 16 countries in West Africa.

These findings are contained in the latest edition of the West Africa Freedom of Expression Monitor, a quarterly report by the MFWA which analyses and highlights freedom of expression developments in the sub-region.

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Commentary

REVIEWING THE JUNE 2017 ECOWAS SUMMIT

A PASSIONATE LETTER TO HIS EXCELLENCY THE PRESIDENT:  44TH EDITION

REVIEWING THE JUNE 2017 ECOWAS SUMMIT
 Your Excellency Sir,
 It’s been six months since I subscribed to my usual publications of this piece. And this is primarily because I have been out of the country for the entire period, and as such would not normally objectively tender a subscription. I do apologize to my readers for this. So having being in Monrovia, Liberia for the recently concluded ECOWAS Summit, I would like to do some analysis on such a historic august body and gathering of this sub-Saharan/West African region.
 
In resume, among other crucial achievements, ECOWAS, through its military apparatus, ECOMOG, played very sacrificial and invaluable roles in bringing peace, security and democratic governance to both Sierra Leone and Liberia during their past civil wars, and most recently ensuring that the Gambian people’s democratic change of government from the notorious dictatorial twenty seven years regime of Yaya Jarmeh, to the current government of President Adama Barrow, through their tactical robust intervention, overseen by President Helen JohnsonSirleaf of Liberia and other ECOWAS Presidents/actors, was enforced. Furthermore, ECOWAS has also spearheaded the enactment of several socio-political, advocacy and economic treaties in the sub region.
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View Point

WHY SIERRA LEONEANS HATE PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT

Honestly speaking Sierra Leoneans are well known for their hospitality all over the world, especially in Africa. But ironically many of them hate each other. But they love foreigners. They have high respect for strangers. But unfortunately they do not have respect among themselves. You can attest this to what is happening in the social media. Where they are showing their pull him down (PhD) syndrome. By castigating their compatriots unnecessarily. Some of them just because of jealousy and envious evil spirit they possess. They prefer to promote foreigners than their own brothers and sisters both in and out of the country.

Day in day out they are insulting each other.They are using all sorts of vulgar languages against each other. And even their own highly respected president in the world, President Ernest Bai Koroma they are insulting him openly. Therefore, it is an open secret that many Sierra Leoneans are not well cultured.

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News - Press Release

Regent village head calls on LAB to tackle domestic violence

The village head for Regent, Ms. Jokomie Browne has called on the Legal Aid Board to help curb the increase in incidence of domestic violence in the Regent Community in the outskirts of the capital Freetown.

Ms. Browne wants the Board to hold outreach events in the village to educate the people on issues of law relating to domestic violence, gender, women’s rights, redress mechanisms and support services for victims.

‘We want to benefit from the Legal Aid Board’s Legal Empowerment Programme because there is an urgent need for one in the community,’ Ms. Browne told the Executive Director of the Board, Ms. Fatmata Claire Carlton-Hanciles on the phone. ‘The situation is desperate. I am afraid if you do not come in now the situation could spiral out of control.’

The call follows series of referral of victims of domestic violence to the Legal Aid Board office in Freetown. The latest victim sent to the Board is one Baindu who was battered by her boyfriend Borbor Abu in the presence of their one year old son.

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Society -Local News

250 LAB trains staff on Alternative Dispute Resolution

A hundred and twenty-five staff and volunteers of the Sierra Leone Legal Aid Board including lawyers and paralegals have benefited from a four-day training on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) at the Stadium Hostels in Freetown from the 24 to the 27 July 2017.

Other beneficiaries include the WAN POT Comedians, members of the National Youth Coalition and six senior officers of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF). The latter includes the highest ranking female military officer, Brigadier Kestoria Kabia and the Director of Gender and Equal Opportunities at the Ministry of Defence Col. Tucker.

The training is aimed at equipping staff and partners with the requisite skills and techniques required for effective and efficient ADR. Moreover, the trainees should be able to use ADR as an alternative to litigation and using effective skill of arbitration, mediation, negotiation and active listening. 

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Development

30 Staff of the Ministry of Finance & Economic Development will go China for Seminar on Economic Planning

Thirty (30) staff of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development will depart the shore of Freetown to China on 14th August 2017. The purpose of their trip is to attend a seminar on Medium and Long-Term Economic planning for Sierra Leone. The National Development and Reform Commission of China will organize the seminar from 16th August to 7th September 2017 in the capital city of Beijing, People’s Republic of China.

The Economic and Commercial Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in Freetown, Mr. Shen Xiaokai met with the 30 participants at the Conference Room of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MOFED) on 2rd August 2017. In his remarks he told the participants that in December 2016, His Excellency the President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma and the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr. Momodu Kargbo visited China, where they had high level bilateral meetings with Chinese Government Officials. 

He said this seminar is as a result of those meetings. “When China makes a commitment, China will fulfil it” he reiterated. He said The Ministry of Finance is one of the most important ministries in this country, therefore this seminar was designed specifically to meet the needs of the ministry.

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Politics

News from China, June 28th: Youth Affairs Minister addresses 2017 Ministerial Workshop on International Cooperation in Capacity Development in Beijing, China
Sierra Leone’s Minister of Youth Affairs has said, the 2017 Ministerial Workshop on International Cooperation in Capacity Development hosted by the Chinese government should help enhance the ties of friendship and foster the wheels of bilateral cooperation between the two nations and particularly strengthen cooperation in the field of human resource development.
 
Hon. Bai Mamoud Bangura spoke on Wednesday, 28th June, 2017, at the start of the week long Ministerial Workshop on International Cooperation, which has brought together participants from various countries, including eight (8) from Sierra Leone.
 
According to minister Bangura, in line with the spirit of friendship and cooperation, the event could serve as an opportunity to jointly define new strategic directions in Sierra Leone’s ties with China and in opening up another episode of friendship and cooperation between the two.
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