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 24th, 2017 - 18:39:57 
Front Page 
 
 NEWS
 Breaking News
 Local News
 Politics
 Photo News
 Video News
 
 EDITORIALS
 
 FROM OUR TEAM
 
 COMMENTS & OPINIONS
 Moiie's Column
 
 SPECIAL REPORTS
 Afsatu Kabba
 
 FEATURES
 
 ENTERTAINMENT
 
 PROFILES
 Role Models
 Awareness Lady
 Common Man
 
 THE ECONOMY
 
 NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
 Special Messages
 Legal Matters
 Obituaries
 
 PAID SUPPLEMENTS
 
 ADVERTISEMENTS
 
 SATIRE
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  

Sierra Leone News : HRCSL Holds First Mobile Complaint Hearing
By A Special Reporter
May 24, 2017, 17:00
Email this article
 Printer friendly page

The Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone with funding from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Monday 22nd to 23rd May conducted a mobile complaint hearing in Pujehun.

 

The Director of Complaints, Investigations and Legal Services of HRCSL, Mrs. Doris Sonsiama said the objective of the mobile complaints was to receive complaints of human rights violation from communities that cannot access HRCSL and speedily address them.

 

She also said the mobile hearing was to increase the visibility of the Commission in rural communities and to help identify and address systemic violations of human rights.

 

Commissioner Rashid Dumbuya of HRCSL said during a meeting of stakeholders at the Growth Center that because of limited financial resources, the Commission cannot set up offices in all the districts. He said because of that, people in Communities where HRCSL is not present, find it difficult to access the Commission. 

 

Commissioner Rashid further stated that the Commission was aware of harmful traditional practices in rural communities that most times go against human rights violations and best practices. “As a result, many victims of human rights violations go without redress. The purpose of these mobile complaints hearing is to bring the Commission closer to those communities that cannot access it. The Commission will use the opportunity to make itself visible, raise public awareness about its mandate and functions, engage in public education on human rights issues, address human rights concerns in those communities in addition to receiving complaints” he stated.

 

HRCSL has received very few complaints from Pujehun District. During the Commission’s recent monitoring on the implementation of the sexual offences Act in Pujehun in April 2017, the team observed there were reports of numerous cases of sexual violence and the seeming inability and delay in police investigations of those cases. The hospital alone had recorded Sixty (60) cases of sexual abuse within the first quarter of this year whilst the police had only charged six (6) matters to court.

 

Victims of sexual violence continue to suffer both at the hands of the perpetrators and the justice system which is slow to respond to them. The Director of Education, Communication and Training, Frederick Kamara emphasized that the Commission has the responsibility to inform the community and remind law enforcement officials that there are laws specifically designed to address the issues of sexual and gender based violence. These laws, he stressed spell out the responsibilities of the law enforcement agencies on how to handle such matters.   “The Commission also needs to educate the police that failure to properly and timely investigate such cases could amount to a failure of a public official to prevent a violation which will amount to a human rights violation which falls within the mandate of the Commission to investigate”. He said.

 

The Commission used the opportunity to educate schools on the activities of HRCSL and to educate the community on laws dealing with the issue of sexual and gender based violence and what they should do when they are faced with such issues. An engagement with the Police, Magistrate, Correctional Centre Officers and the Government Hospital was also done.


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

Top of Page

Latest Headlines
NEWS
SLPP & APC at War Over MKM’s Arrest
Sierra Leone News : Reshuffle Continues at Social Welfare, Gender & Children’s Affairs Ministry
Sierra Leone News : Sierra Leone Red Cross Organises One Day Training Program for Journalists & Stakeholders
EDITORIALS
Sierra Leone: Why Always Port Loko? Why? Why?
$200,000 AFCOM Scandal: Why VP Foh Must Be Very Careful
Front Page Editorial Advise... Tiffy Tiffy AFCOM's $200,000 Fake VSAT Contract & Hon VP Foh
FROM OUR TEAM
Sierra Leone: Unwrapping Yasmin Jusu Sheriff
COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Sierra Leoneans still shamefully abusing social media to mislead public and tarnish the names of Government and country
7-storey APC/ CPC building and the hue and cry by detractors: The points being missed by the rabble-rousers
What is the cost of safety? WHY NATIONAL AND AIRPORT SECURITY MATTERS IN KENYA, SIERRA LEONE, AND THE REST OF THE WORLD
SPECIAL REPORTS
Sierra Leone Cabinet Minister Calls On Police to Investigate Conspiracy to Defraud Donor Funds
FEATURES
The Renaissance of Sierra Leone through the lenses of Attitudinal and Behavioural Change
Towards a modernised education system which can meet the challenges and opportunities of our future
Sierra Leone Social Welfare Deputy Calls Up Bizarre Press Conference
ENTERTAINMENT
No articles available.
PROFILES
OJU Wilson - Your contribution to the Human Rights Struggle and the Rule of Law will never be forgotten
Sierra Leone Politics : Alhaji Osman Foday Yansaneh, a Muslim Steering an all-inclusive APC Secretariat
TRIBUTE TO DR. V R WILLOUGHBY
THE ECONOMY
No articles available.
NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
American Business Council (ABC) Launched in Sierra Leone
REVENUE TRANSFERRED BETWEEN TRANSIT BANKS AND THE CONSOLIDATED FUND (LAW COURTS).
Tribute to Femi Turner – The Unsung Hero of the 50/50 Group
PAID SUPPLEMENTS
No articles available.
ADVERTISEMENTS
No articles available.
SATIRE
SATIRE: Question: What is this rabbit laughing hysterically about???
RETRACTION!!

Copyright © 2005 - 2010, Awareness Times Sierra Leone; All Rights Reserved.
Hosted & Designed by West Africa Dot Net