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HRCSL Calls on President Bio to Review Commission Act

09,May 2018
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By State House Media and Communication Unit

Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone has on Wednesday 7th May called on His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio to review the Commission's Act of 2004. The Commission made this plea during a visit to President Bio at State House in Freetown.

Chairman of the Commission, Reverend Doctor Jesse Fornah said that there is every need for the Act to be reviewed because it will help to strengthen the Commission in carrying out its mandate effectively. He described the Commission as the gateway through which investors enter the country adding that the human right index can either make or break the reputation of a nation in the eyes of investors.

Dr Fornah also highlighted range of issues that have been challenges to the Commission over the years ranging from low budgetary allocation, lack of adequate personnel, lack of proper office facilities among other logistical problems. While pledging their support to working with the new administration, the Human Rights boss called on President Bio to look into the conditions of service for the Commission in order to enable them work effectively and efficiently.

In his response, President Bio thanked the Commission for updating him on their activities. He said that the Commission is a very important component of the State as it helps to monitor how citizens conduct themselves in a way that it does not affect others. He added that as a nation there is every need to live together devoid of the various affiliations and that the Commission should play an integral role in that direction. His Excellency also pledged his government's commitment to working with the Commission in strengthening the country's democratic credentials as well as improving on the human rights ranking.

Also in attendance at the meeting included the Chief Minister, Professor David Francis and other Commissioners of the Commission.

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