The Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone(HRCSL) on Monday 24th July at the School for the Blind signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Commission for Persons with Disability (NCPD) on thematic report, complaints handling mechanism and provision of technical/legal support to the NCPD on Disability cases reported.
The MOU was signed during by the two institutions during a training on treaty body reporting for NCPD and Disabled Persons Organization(DPOs).
Speaking at the ceremony, the Chairman of HRCSL, Rev. Dr. Usman Jesse Fornah said since the Commission became operational, it had committed itself in fulfilling their mandate through public education, training on human rights, investigation of Complaints of human rights violations, effective cooperation with democratic institutions and non-governmental organizations, advise and support to government in the preparation of reports under international human rights treaties; monitor and document violations of human rights and publish annual state of human rights reports.
The Chairman of NCPD, Frederick Kamara praised the HRCSL for their advocacy in domesticating the Conventions on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and for collaborating with them on various trainings and human rights issues. He stated that with such collaboration, the two institutions will continue their advocacy to end discrimination, misconception against persons living with Disabilities.
The MOU posits that the HRCSL and NCPD recognized the importance of cooperative efforts and collaboration in providing remedies for the violation of the rights of persons with disability.
It is also to share similar objectives that are advantageous in establishing working relationship between them with a view to sharing best practices and information within the scope of their respective mandates particularly on complaints handling procedures and thematic report.
The MOU further shares that both the HRCSL and the NCPD are cognizant of the fact that cooperation in matters of mutual interest through exchange of ideas, information, skills and experience sharing and joint implementation of activities and thematic reports will be of reciprocal benefit to both institutions and the country at large.
The MOU comes in to effect on 1st August 2017 and will last for as long as the parties intend it to last for.
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