Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission Sierra Leone, Mrs. Jamesina King on Friday 16th October disclosed that women continue to face insecurity in the country, while adding that domestic violence, rape and other forms of physical abuses remain the order of the day.
She was speaking during a working visit to His Excellency the President, Ernest Bai Koroma at his State House Office in Freetown.
Mrs. Jamesina King used the opportunity to call on the president to strengthen her commission’s capacity to implement the gender justice laws throughout the country.
She expressed appreciation to the President for always taking time off his busy schedules to meet with the commission, while adding that “we hope, as a commission, to meet with the president in October of every year for frank discussions on human rights issues.”
Mrs. King also called on the president for the immediate setting up of the TRC Follow-Up Committee, which is very crucial at this stage as NaCSA prepares to implement the reparations programme.
She advised President Koroma to use a human rights-based approach to development which will not isolate, dehumanize or marginalize citizens, particularly the poor and helpless in the country.
The meet also witnessed the introduction of Mr. Aliro Omara of the Uganda Human Rights Commission.
“He is presently serving the Human Rights Commission Sierra Leone as an institutional Development Adviser,” she said, while adding that his consultancy is supported by the HRCSL/UNPBF project.
Commissioner Omara, a lawyer by profession with a wealth of experience as far as human rights issues are concerned, was in Sierra Leone during the selection process for the human rights commissioners and conducted two weeks induction training for these commissioners.
President Koroma welcomed Mr. Omara to Sierra Leone, and requested that another working visit be rescheduled in order to invite other relevant parties for more fruitful discussions.
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