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.
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.
Thirty-four prominent freedom of expression organisations around the world have joined the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) to demand justice for the murder of a Sierra Leonean journalist Ibrahim Foday.
Foday was murdered four years ago, on June 12, 2011, when he was covering a violent clash over a land dispute between Grafton Town and Kossoh Town for the privately-owned Exclusive Newspaper. In November 2012, a suspect, Tunde Williams, was arrested and charged with Foday’s murder; however, the trial has not progressed since then. Williams is currently out on bail, and the judiciary has yet to select a panel of jurors to hear the case.
Foday’s family has waited four long years for justice. His children Joyce Foday and Joseph Dianni Foday have lamented to the MFWA how difficult their lives have been following their father's murder. “We need help,” said Joseph. “I need justice to prevail for my late father and we are calling on the human rights and media rights groups to come to our aid.”
Recruitment of Maids to the Arab World Must Be Banned
Generally, the history of maids’ recruitment to the Arab world has oftentimes been a source of misery for the maids themselves and a source of headache for Embassies to which such maids belong.
Whosoever has been a resident in the Arab world, especially the Gulf Region, knows the facts of this matter. Hopes of most maids recruited to some of these Gulf countries dash due to some despicable treatment meted out to them by their masters or mistresses, and very often, with the knowledge of their unscrupulous recruiting agents whose sole aim is to extort money out of the misery of their victims.
Untold stories abound in the case of Filipino, Indonesian, Indian, Nepali maids who, over the years, have undergone physical assaults and financial deprivation in the hands of their masters/mistresses. In some cases, to save themselves from continued atrocities and molestation, they would end up escaping by sneaking out of their torture chambers to safety. It is such maids who would later be branded as ‘runaways’. And in some worse scenarios, in retaliation, some maids would resort to abominable acts either against the mistress/master or a family member.
He was out in one of the narrow un-tarred Western area streets, playing football with some kids. He had on white sleeveless T-shirt, black joggers that stopped several inches below his knees, and blue-black Reebok trainers.
The hair on his head was unkempt; those on his chin show bright streaks of white. He looked less muscular and less built.
With flailing motion, he tried the trademark Ronaldinho dummy to beat his little opponent, but the boy stole the size-four punctured ball casually from him, pushed forward and skillfully stroke it through the narrow passage between two stones that served as ‘Guinea goal’ posts.
"I accept that there are people who would not like me, people who do not believe that I am best placed to lead our nation.That’s ok by me!
Freedom of speech and the right to hold an opinion are sacred tenements of our fragile democracy. We must all swallow hard, and learn how to disagree without being disagreeable.
You can take everything away from me, but you cannot question my patriotism, nor take away that fact that I have served my country at great personal risk and contributed to the restoration of peace and democracy to that land that we all love.
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.
Sierra Leone’s President Ernest B. Koroma will arrive in New York on Thursday to attend a high-level summit at the UN Headquarters despite a planned protest against him by Concerned Sierra Leoneans USA.
“UN Secretary-General Mr. Ban will convene the conference on International Ebola Recovery on July 10 bringing together the three affected countries, the United Nations and the international community,” David Nabarro, Un Secretary-General Special Envoy on Ebola said in a statement responding to an inquiry for this story.
“The purpose of the conference is to focus on targeted investments for the three countries in order to support recovery priorities. There will be an initial focus on early recovery over a 24 month time-frame.”