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14th December 2018

Why SLPP Govt Hates the Human Rights Abuse in Sierra Leone Protest in London!

By I. Barrie (02/11/18)

Angry Sierra Leoneans in the United Kingdom demonstrated against the politically motivated violence and human right violations in their country.

 

This did not go down well in the corridors of the SLPP government, an inside source says. Demonstrators assembled at Elephant and Castle and marched to to No. 10 Downing Street, the official residence of the British Prime Minister to hand in a petition signed by concern Sierra Leoneans living in the UK to the Prime Minister. (

With the help of some British MPs, the petition was delivered and received by officials of the Prime Minister's office in London. (Photo: British MPs Harriet Harman and Neil Coyle joined protesters in London).

Some MPs from both the Labour party and the Conservative party addressed the crowd of demonstrators and assured them that they will press for the respect of human rights and the rule of law in Sierra Leone.

About 100 demonstrators were selected to speak to their MPs about their concerns, with emphasis on the current violence and political vigilantism in mama Salone, in different meeting rooms within the Parliament building.

Infact most of the MPs had already received calls from concern Sierra Leoneans living in their constituencies worried about the country heading to ethnic civil war, which particularly alarmed the MPs as most of them are aware of the 11 years brutal civil war in Sierra Leone. (Photo: Former Immigration Chief Kholifa Koroma, 2nd right, during the demonstration).

The Minister of State for African Affairs at the Foreign and Commonwealth office Harriett Baldwin briefly met the organisers and rearrange another meeting to listen and looked into the concern of Sierra Leoneans, as she was unable to look into the massive evidence put together, because of tight schedule due to the reading of the Budget in the British Parliament on Monday.

In all, the timing of this demostration was perfect! Because the majority of British MPs were present on Budget day for the debate in the House of Commons.

The signal is clear, the SLPP government of President Julius Maada Bio needs to address the violence, political intimidation and tribal marginalisation in Sierra Leone. SLPP government just needs to live by their slogan "ONE COUNTRY, ONE PEOPLE" then problem solve.

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