AWARENESS TIMES
Sierra Leone News & Information

State House | Press Union | Lumley Beach | AllAfrica | SL-Web

www.awarenesstimes.com

  Giving Knowledge to the People
welcome to sierra leone's premier news source
Last Updated: May 18th, 2009 - 19:01:31 
Front Page 
 
 NEWS
 Breaking News
 Local News
 Politics
 Photo News
 Video News
 
 EDITORIALS
 
 COMMENTS & OPINIONS
 Moiie's Column
 
 FEATURES
 
 ENTERTAINMENT
 
 PROFILES
 Role Models
 Awareness Lady
 Common Man
 
 THE ECONOMY
 
 NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
 Special Messages
 Legal Matters
 Obituaries
 
 PAID SUPPLEMENTS
 
 ADVERTISEMENTS
 
 SATIRE
 
 FROM OUR TEAM
Search


Published online by
Sylvia Blyden Dot Com

17 Garrison Street,
Freetown,
Sierra Leone.
Tel: +232-77-772001
Tel: +232-88-321000
Tel: +232-76-350077
Tel: +232-30-321001
Email:
editor@awarenesstimes.com
Website:
www.awarenesstimes.com

NEWS : Local News  

Prison Watch Launches Report on Status of Women and Juveniles in Detention In Sierra Leone
By Bintu Aminata Sesay
May 18, 2009, 16:18
Email this article
 Printer friendly page

Prison Watch Sierra Leone in collaboration with the British High Commission on Friday 15th May 2009, launched a report on Monitoring the Status of Women and Juveniles in Detention in Sierra Leone, at a ceremony held at the Grassroots Gender Empowerment Movement hall on John Street in Freetown.

A Representative of the Human Right Commission Sierra Leone Mohamed Fofanah informed that children and women are important people in the society and that they should be treated with respect and care.

"Women are presently languishing in prison for pity crimes" he opined, adding that a good number of juveniles are also facing the same situation in detention centers across the country, alongside adults.

Mr. Fofanah expressed dismay that there are no appropriate toilet facilities, no adequate food and water facilities, no electricity supply, no skills training and educational programmes at the prisons.

He called on the Government of Sierra Leone to construct more remand homes in other parts of the country so as to complement the only existing one in Bo Town.

Giving the highlights of the report, the Programmes Coordinator of Prisons Watch Sierra Leone, Mambu S. Feika stated that the future of every nation depends on the investment made on children, pointing out that it is incumbent on the authorities concerned to take responsibility for the protection of the rights of children who are in conflict with the law.

He noted the status in which new born babies are dwelling with their mothers in prison, saying delayed trails and sentencing with fines are some of the problems affecting women in detention.

Most of these women, he continued, are poor and can not even hire the service of a lawyer to defend them in court.

Mr. Fofanah also cited illegal detention, poor feeding, out door labour, poor court attendance, imprisonment with adults, capital sentence by Justices of the Peace (JP), lack of family contact, lack of access to information, poor detention care, poor hygiene condition, amongst others, as some of the issues affecting juveniles in detention.


© Copyright by Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Top of Page

Latest Headlines
NEWS
Journalists & Citizens Storm Sierra Leone Courts in support of Sylvia Blyden
United Nations Radio accused of Rwandan-Style Broadcasts in Sierra Leone
As Leaked Documents Expose Million Dollar Waiver Strong Penalty for Leaking Any Govt Yuki-yuki
EDITORIALS
Antecedent of My Piece on Kailahun Mess has nothing to do with Sia Koroma or John Benjamin
Fugitive Because of Arabella?
Applauding SLPPs John O. Benjamin
COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Retraction & Apology
Plot to Take Over Awareness Times Website?
QUOTABLE QUOTE FROM SIERRA LEONE'S DR. SAMA BANYA
FEATURES
Front Page of Friday May 8th 2009 Edition of the State House Newspaper
Chief Justice Assures Red Cross
Quotable Quotes: Wise Men Control Their Tempers & Use their Brains
ENTERTAINMENT
Solomon Ekuma Berewa Gets Surprise 70th Birthday Party
Sierra Leone's Kha-Benneh Bangura Wants Your Votes
Goapele, Daddy Saj and Mahala @ Zanzibar on Night of Saturday 26th
PROFILES
Bio Data Of The Former President Of The Republic Of Sierra Leone Alhaji Dr. Ahmad Tejan Kabbah
A Chat With Sierra Leones First Doctorate Chartered Accountant: Dr. Dante Alie Bendu (B.Sc Hons, M.Sc, M.A., FeICM, ACCA, PhD)
Sierra Leonean Woman Excels In UK
THE ECONOMY
Kailahun SLPP MP frowns at Finance Minister in Sierra Leone
Sept 23: Millicom Sierra Leone bounces back
Romanian buys more Sierra Leone Diamonds shares
NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Complaint: Threat On My Life
In memory of Hon Alex Magnus Koroma,
Premium Search & Selection
PAID SUPPLEMENTS
Statement By The Chairman Of The UK & Ireland Branch At The Prayer And Intercession Service To Commemorate The 58th Anniversary Of SLPP
Sierra Leone Envoy Launches Sierra College Foundation (SCF) in the UK
Contracting Authority: The ECOWAS Commission Support to Regional Integration in West Africa
ADVERTISEMENTS
ProCredit Bank
Enjoy Unlimited Calls!
Marie Stopes Sierra Leone (MSSL) Job Advertisement
SATIRE
An Afflicted Cow FookFook Brain Manufactures Ronshos, Diamba, Gnomes, Rubber-Fack & Leprechauns; Desires to Import Machiavelli into a Democracy
Mama Salone Laments 48 Years of Freedom and Independence
Tourist Attraction: Office Of The President & Ministry Of Tourism & Culture should take note
FROM OUR TEAM
Sincere Congratulations to Reverend Wilfred Leeroy Kabbs-Kanu from Sierra Leone
Awareness Times to re-open its Anonymous Discussion Forum
WE ARE MOVING TO BIGGER, FASTER SERVERS

Copyright © 2005 - 2007, Awareness Times Sierra Leone; All Rights Reserved.
Hosted & Designed by West Africa Dot Net