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In Sierra Leone, Human Rights Commission Presents Annual Report to President
By Bampia Bundu
Aug 4, 2010, 17:16

The Human Right Commission of Sierra Leone (HRCSL) on Tuesday 3rd August 2010 presented their third annual report to His Excellency Dr, Ernest Bai Koroma at State House in Freetown.

In a post presentation press briefing held at their Wellington Street Headquarters, the Chairperson of the Commission, Mr. Edward Sam noted that the human rights situation in Sierra Leone in 2009 was generally satisfactory as government should be commended for its observance of the fundamental rights and freedom set out in the 1991 Constitution and other international agreements that Sierra Leone has signed and ratified. He however, stated that there still remained series of human rights challenges which government should endevour to address.

Commissioner Sam pointed out that if the government implements their recommendations, it will go a long way in remedying human rights infringements catalogued in their report. He commended the government for upgrading infrastructure and other services as well as providing a number of referral hospitals in the country in addition to raising budgetary allocation to the health sector from 5% to 8% in the 2009 national budget.

Speaking also was the Deputy Chairperson of the Commission who also chaired the briefing, MadamYasmin Jusu Sheriff who stated that Sierra Leone will be going for review at the Human Rights Council Geneva on May 11th 2011 so it will be
required to deposit its State Report in or before November, 2010. She disclosed that the Commission stands ready to work with and support the government and the civil society to ensure Sierra Leone meets its deadline. She noted that it has been a tradition, following their presentation of the State of Human Rights Report to the President, to convene a meeting of HRCSL staff and Cabinet Ministers to discuss the contents of the report particularly its findings and recommendations.

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