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16th December 2018

"SLPP Government Must Respect Human Rights," UN Expert Urges Sierra Leone!

By a press release (05/11/18)

It is increasingly succinct that the United Nations do not admire the disastrous Human Rights violations under the SLPP government.


SLPP government’s decision to dissolve the Human Rights Commission's membership undermines the rule of law in Sierra Leone, reports say. "Sierra Leone’s decision to de-facto and remove all three members of its Human Rights Commission was an attack on the rule of law and must be reversed," a United Nations Human Rights expert has said. (Photo: UN Rapporteur Michel Frost, unimpressed with President Julius Maada Bio's government on human rights).

Michel Forst, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights defenders said that the SLPP government’s decision to de-facto the Commission’s current membership not only undermines the rule of law in Sierra Leone, but also distracts from efforts to promote and protect human rights, and human rights defenders in the country.

Three human rights commissioners were appointed to the Commission for a five-year term in April 2017 but in June this year, the President Julius Maada Bio elected in March 2018 ordered the Commission’s dissolution without citing any lawful reason.

Reports say the commissioners have not been formally dismissed, but in August this year the new SLPP government asked the public to nominate three replacements.

"The Sierra Leone authorities should immediately rectify their actions by allowing the commissioners to conclude their five-year term," the Special Rapporteur admonished. Sierra Leone’s Human Rights Commission was established in 2004. The Special Rapporteur is pursuing the case with Sierra Leone authorities. 

In June 2014, Michel Forst became United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders. ... His main mission as an independent expert is to inform on the risks and threats faced by human rights defenders on the ground. He also makes recommendations so as to better protect human rights defenders.

Courtesy: The Calabash Newspaper


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