10 Human Rights That Should be Available to All Human Being

The International Human Rights Day is celebrated every year on December 10.  The day was established in 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly in order to mark the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). While neither legal nor binding, the document enshrined human rights in 30 articles including the Right to freedom from discrimination, right to equality between men and women, right to life, freedom from torture, freedom from slavery, right to liberty, right to be treated with humanity in detention and freedom of movement.   Despite 2023 being the 75th anniversary of…

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HRDN SL Participates in Electoral Risk Management Stakeholders Workshop by ECSL & IDEA Ahead of The 2023 Election

The Human Rights Defenders Network Sierra Leone was in attendance at the Electoral Risk Management Stakeholders Workshop conducted by the Electoral Commission (ECSL) and the Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance in Sierra Leone on Thursday 22 September, 2022.   Risk management is the identification, analysis, assessment control and avoidance, minimization, or elimination of unaccepted risks.   The workshop which was held at The Radisson Blu Mammy Yoko Hotel was in attendance by some Technical Staff of ECSL, State Agencies, Traditional and Religious Leaders, CSO’s and Media Advocacy group’s working on election observation and conflict prevention.   The workshop seeked…

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HRDN-SL Signs MoU With ECSL For The 2023 Electoral Period

The Human Rights Defenders Network-Sierra Leone and Electoral Commission for Sierra Leone have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the 2023 Electoral Process.    “The Network is grateful to ECSL for the confidence entrusted in us to be partners towards promoting Elections Integrity and a Free, Fair and Credible 2023 Elections” the Executive Secretary Alphonsus B. M Gbanie. 

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CONCERN OVER ABUSE OF CIVIC SPACE

The rule of law affirms that the people have a right to know what their government does and how state institutions relate with each other. Peaceful assembly and association in society has a definitive watchdog quality, which itself requires that human rights defenders (professional and non-professional human rights workers, volunteers, journalist, lawyers etc.) enjoy free space for association, assembly and access to information, especially public information, to advocate and report accurately and fairly. HRDNSL PRESS STATEMENT ON PROPOSED DEMONSTRATION(1).docx (1) 

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How to Achieve Digital Safety as A Human Rights Defender

As surveillance and censorship increase, the insecurity of digitally stored and/or digitally transmitted information is a major problem for HRDs in many countries. Front Line Defenders created its Digital Protection Programme in 2004 to meet the needs of HRDs facing such threats. Mobile phones, computers and the Internet are the main means by which human rights defenders (HRDs) communicate and coordinate their work as well as collect and store their research and findings, including sensitive data. Unfortunately, they are also the most common means by which governments and corporations restrict, manipulate and monitor the activity of human rights defenders. https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/programme/digital-protection 

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HRDN-SL CONDEMNS DELIBERATE AND CALCULATED ACT OF LAWLESSNESS AND INDISCIPLINE BY THE SIERRA LEONE POLICE

The Human Rights Defenders Network-SL recognizes the duty of the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) in preserving law and order. HRDN-SL believes that the police in the exercise of their public duty must only do so in conformity with best practice and within the ambit of national and international laws. HRDN-SL CONDEMNS DELIBERATE AND CALCULATED ACT OF LAWLESSNESS AND INDISCIPLINE BY THE SIERRA LEONE POLICE

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SLEITI MSG Reviews EITI Pre-Validation Workshop

The Sierra Leone Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative has held a one day Pre-Validation Workshop to review the EITI Validation templates on the Transparency of Stakeholders Engagement on the Outcomes and Impact ahead of the commencement of Sierra Leone’s valuation scheduled to start on the 1 April 2022.  The Human Right Defenders Network Sierra Leone as a member of the MSG was in attendance during the pre-validation exercise.  And as a network we would like to call on all the membership of the network to participate and fully disseminate the EITI activity in the country. 

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HRDN-SL Celebrates Women Human Right Defenders in the Country

Betty Alimamy Sesay (Mrs) is an advocate and an activist and she also is the Acting Director, Women’s Action for Human Dignity (WAHD) Member Human Rights Defenders Network Sierra Leone. She has been involved in the work of Human Rights for over 20 years now. Sesay and many other women are just some few case of that show the power of a determine woman and we would to celebrate her on this peculiar day which is the International Women’s Days 2022. As the theme for this year rightly states “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow” we would like to…

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