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Local Councils, Tribal Heads engage CRC
Written by slena   
Sunday, 05 July 2015 07:33

Freetown, July 4 (SLENA) - Local authorities in the Western Area have made series of recommendations to the Constitutional Review Committee (CRC) on their aspirations for the revised Constitution of Sierra Leone.

During a two day Dialogue Forum held last week local authorities dilated on the lacunas in the 1991 Constitution that has kept local governance backwards for far too long.

The Chairman of the Constitutional Review Committee (CRC), Justice Edmond Cowan underscored the importance of the Constitution and the significance of people’s participation as the greatest pillar supporting the process. Whilst informing the people that the President mandated the Committee to undertake nationwide consultations, he revealed that anarchy prevails wherever laws were absent.

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TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS ENGAGED ON RIGHTS TO EDUCATION
Written by Expotimes   
Sunday, 05 July 2015 05:25

The   Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone over the weekend in Bo engaged Heads of Tertiary Educational Institutions on the Right to Access  Education.

The engagement was held at the J&E Hotel on Koribondo road and it covered topics on human rights education and standards, strategies for future collaboration and networking on human rights education, fulfilment of the right to education and various recommendations done by HRCSL in its State of Human Rights Report yearly on education.

Speaking at the formal opening ceremony, the Executive Secretary of the Human Rights Commission, Francess Alghali said the engagement was in a bid to improve and increase human rights education in the country. She said the tertiary education was targeted because they are the administrative policy makers as well as the curriculum developers and also the lecturers.

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ADP Gets Final Registration Certificate
Written by Expotimes   
Saturday, 04 July 2015 12:38

The Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) on Friday 3rdJuly2015 presented the final certificate of registration to the Alliance Democratic Party (ADP).

Addressing the Interim Chairman/Leader of the ADP, the Chairman of the Commission Hon Justice M.E. Tolla Thompson reminded him of the provisions stated in section 35(1) of the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone which stipulates that political parties are established to shape the political will of the people, to disseminate information on political ideas, and social and economic programmes of a national character, and to sponsor candidates for Presidential, Parliamentary or Local Government elections. The Commission he says is expecting the ADP to conform to the laws governing political parties in Sierra Leone.

Justice Thompson admonishedMr Mansaray not to be the know all of the party as the ADP is a party and not a one man’s show. The Party he says must project the ideology as stated in its party constitution.

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ACC ENDS Massive AWARENESS CREATION ON “THE GRIEVANCE REDRESS MECHANISM” IN THE SOCIAL SAFETY NET
Written by Expotimes   
Saturday, 04 July 2015 12:33

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has just concluded a massive awareness creation on the Grievance Redress Mechanism, set up to address corruption related issues within the Social Safety Net (SSN); a scheme created to alleviate poverty within selected chiefdoms in the country.

These engagements took place in six chiefdoms benefiting from the project, which are Magbaimba Ndorhahun and Tambakha chiefdoms, from the Bombali District; Toli and Mafindor chiefdoms, in the Kono district, as well as Kowa and Timdale chiefdoms, of the Moyamba District.

Dilating on practical ways of detecting corruption, not only within the SNN but also in other sectors of society, ACC Deputy Director, Public Education and Outreach Patrick Sandi said the Commission was established to tackle corruption in every facet of society.

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PARLIAMENT FINALLY RATIFIES THE MAPUTO PROTOCOL
Written by Expotimes   
Saturday, 04 July 2015 12:25

The Parliament of Sierra Leone on the 02nd July, 2015, after a marathon debate has unanimously ratified a Government Motion on the AU Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa, dated 11th July, 2003.

In presenting the Protocol to the House, prior to ratification (while both lower and upper galleries in the Chamber were filled to capacity with concerned women), the Minister for Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, Mr. Moijueh Kaikai, said that Sierra Leone is yet to ratify the Protocol since it was signed on the 11th July, 2003, 12 years ago.

He furthered that most of the Articles in the Protocol are provided for in the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone, and are also contained in the policies and programmes of the Agenda for Prosperity (AfP), like Pillars 6 and 8.

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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

Standard Chartered Bank Thieves Exposed

As trial continue on the conspiracy matter of four former staffs of Standard Chartered Bank, the sitting judge, Justice Abdulai Charm, has re-discharged the first defendant Madam Aminata Bangura.

The four defendants were arraigned before him for proper trial after found guilty on preliminary investigations in the magistrate court on two counts charges of conspiracy to commit felony and larceny by servant contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.

The prosecution alleged in count one that some times last year, the defendants conspired with other persons unknown to commit a felony.

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Media News

ACC Romances with Guild of Editors

In a bid to maintain the relationship between the two institutions, the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC), has organized a one-day seminar for the Guild of Editors on the theme, “strengthening   partnership with the media on the fight against corruption in Sierra Leone.”

  Speaking at the opening ceremony held at the Hill Valley Hotel, at Signal Hill, in Freetown, ACC deputy commissioner, Shollay Davies, who doubled as the chairman of the program, said corruption is an epidemic that is responsible for the low standard of living of the people of Sierra Leone.

  He also stated that the reason why they are partnering with the media is because they believe that media reports will provide valuable link to identifying corrupt cases.

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Commentary

Salary Increase Nah Salone!

Yesterday’s press release from the ministry of finance about the 15 percent salary increase for all public workers came on a low key, with little meaning.

  Last December, when the finance minister made the pronouncement about the pay raise starting this July, older workers just grunted because more than half of whatever government promises goes to the taxman, or is taken back by government.

  The worker, since when, has been a mere donkey in this country – that is if you’re working for the government; and if you’re working for the private sector, apart from lacking job security, your lot is almost like that of a slave, without the power for you to protest about your rights. Those who dare protest have the ministry of labour and labour unions abandoning them midstream, or the trigger-happy police wounding or silencing some.

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View Point

Maada Bio: ‘Paopa Salone For Betteh’?

When Spartacus set out on his campaign against the Roman Empire, many thought his excursion won’t last for a fortnight because of the ruthless discipline that characterized Roman warfare.

  True, the Romans were the finest soldiers the world has ever seen, and their centuries of dominance is a testament to that fact. Spartacus too learned this hard fact when he finally hung on a cross on the Appian Highway after years of fighting against the mighty Roman war machine.

  Spartacus, a slave, made a dash for freedom, along with thousands of other slaves, but sadly fell short of his goal. No problem – it was left with history to proclaim him a villain or a hero for his infamous undertaking, and we never knew whether he regretted about his failed exploits as he hung dying on a Roman cross.

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News - Press Release

New project to boost fair sentencing and reduce detentions

Freetown: 2 July 2015: The Acting Chief Justice of Sierra Leone, Hon Justice Valesius Thomas has today launched a two year project aimed at developing sentencing and bail policies and guidelines at the Bank of Sierra Leone Complex, Kingtom in Freetown. The project is undertaken in collaboration with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and funded by the US Department of State with the aim of reducing the number of people detained before trial, and reducing overcrowding in prisons.

The U.S. Ambassador to Sierra Leone, John Hoover, who joined the Acting Chief Justice and the UNDP Resident Representative, Mr. David McLachlan-Karr at the workshop to launch the two year project said “The United States is pleased to support and help build more transparent and accountable governance institutions,” adding that “This programme will help Sierra Leone’s justice system become more transparent, efficient, and fair. As such, it will contribute to the development of rule of law and democracy in Sierra Leone.”

The new bail instruments will involve the creation of guidelines and policies for magistrates and judges regarding when defendants should be detained before trial. The instruments, which are to be rolled out in 2016, will help ensure consistent sentencing across the country, so that justice will be the same everywhere in the country. It will also help make sure people are incarcerated only when absolutely necessary, by providing a clear, consistent set of procedures for all Sierra Leone’s magistrates and judges.

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Society -Local News

“Under-Age FGM Is Not Allowed”- Social Welfare Minister

The Minister of Social Welfare Gender and Children's Affairs (MSWGCA) Alhaji Moijueh Kaikai yesterday disclosed in Freetown that practicing female genital mutilation on girls under the age of eighteen years is a crime punishable by law

He made the disclosure yesterday in Parliament when presenting the motion for the ratification of AU Protocol to the African Chapter on Human and People’s Rights of Women in Africa) dated 11 July 2003 otherwise known as the Maputo Protocol.

The minister further stated Sierra Leone signed the Maputo Protocol on 11 July 2003 with the sole aim of protecting and promoting the affairs of children and women in the country.

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Development

TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS ENGAGED ON RIGHTS TO EDUCATION

The   Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone over the weekend in Bo engaged Heads of Tertiary Educational Institutions on the Right to Access  Education.

The engagement was held at the J&E Hotel on Koribondo road and it covered topics on human rights education and standards, strategies for future collaboration and networking on human rights education, fulfilment of the right to education and various recommendations done by HRCSL in its State of Human Rights Report yearly on education.

Speaking at the formal opening ceremony, the Executive Secretary of the Human Rights Commission, Francess Alghali said the engagement was in a bid to improve and increase human rights education in the country. She said the tertiary education was targeted because they are the administrative policy makers as well as the curriculum developers and also the lecturers.

Read more...

Politics

Local Councils, Tribal Heads engage CRC

Freetown, July 4 (SLENA) - Local authorities in the Western Area have made series of recommendations to the Constitutional Review Committee (CRC) on their aspirations for the revised Constitution of Sierra Leone.

During a two day Dialogue Forum held last week local authorities dilated on the lacunas in the 1991 Constitution that has kept local governance backwards for far too long.

The Chairman of the Constitutional Review Committee (CRC), Justice Edmond Cowan underscored the importance of the Constitution and the significance of people’s participation as the greatest pillar supporting the process. Whilst informing the people that the President mandated the Committee to undertake nationwide consultations, he revealed that anarchy prevails wherever laws were absent.

Read more...
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