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In Sierra Leone, Officer Unveils Human Rights’ Day Agenda
By Bampia Bundu
Dec 6, 2010, 13:12

The Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone (HRC-SL) and its partners have lined up series of activities to celebrate the International Human Right Day from December 7th to 11th 2010. This was recently revealed in an interview with the Assistant Western Region Human Rights Officer, Mr. Ishmael Bayoh at their Wellington Street Office in Freetown.


The programme, he noted will start with a symposium at the YWCA New Hall, to be followed by a drama competition at the British Council Auditorium.  After those activities, Mr. Bayoh informed that there will be a ‘Best Speaker’s contest at the same British Council to be followed by a football match and a float parade. He said the occasion will be climaxed on December 10 by an official function at the National Stadium.

According to the officer, the theme for this years’ celebration will be ‘Speak up and Stop Discrimination’ with special reference to human rights defenders who act to end discrimination. “Human rights defenders speak out against abuse and violations including discrimination, exclusion, oppression and violence. They advocate justice and seek to protect the victims of human rights violations,” he informed.

Mr. Bayoh used the opportunity to reveal that the celebration will highlight and promote the achievements of human rights defenders, while again emphasizing on the primary responsibility governments to enable and protect their roles as activists. “The day is also intended to inspire a new generation of defenders to speak up and take action to end discrimination in all of its forms whenever and wherever it is manifested.”

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted on December 10, 1948 by the United Nations General Assembly. The declaration spells out certain rights and responsibilities of states, including civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights. It also sets out standard of achievement towards the protection of human rights for all states.

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