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Sierra Leone News: Pres. Bio promises to consider Africa Court protocol

President Bio has assured the delegation from the Africa Court of Human and People’s Rights (AfCHPR) on Thursday 2nd August 2018 that the government “will look into the Court’s Protocol and give it a positive consideration”.
The President of the Court, Justice Sylvian Ore said the main objective of their visit is to give an insight to the president of the work of the Court, how it seeks the protection of human rights, adding that this is the right time for them to dialogue with him.
Justice Ore urged the President to “ratify the protocol for the court and also to make the declaration, so that people can seek the court in terms of protection of human rights”.
The Court President maintained that the Court is the “framework of the Africa Union concern with the protection of human rights in Africa. The protection of human rights is not a big deal for you Mr President since you already signed the protocol in the 90s. Our coming here is just a reminder for you to ratify the protocol.”
President Julius Maada Bio said “our commitment to human rights is very strong, you can be rest assured that we can give this particular issue a positive consideration.”
He added, “We will take a look at it and consider the ratification and declaration. We have not had time to look at it, because this government is just a little over 100 days in office.”
President Bio said, “It is a positive development that Africa is making as far as this issue is concern because we have to make sure that our people’s rights are protected and that human rights are also protected and that we take concrete steps to make sure that we actually protect the people of this continent.”
Talking about Sierra Leone in the area of human rights violations, President Bio maintained that “We have gone through quiet a lot in terms of conflict and they are never far away from the blatant abuse of human rights”. He assured the delegation of his commitment to look into the protocol and “we will give it a favourable consideration.)
The team also met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Alie Kabba, where the Minister stated that government is committed to making every citizen of Sierra Leone feel and believe they are an integral part of an inseparable and indivisible country.
“Our government promotes inclusive politics, inclusive governance and inclusive development as the only guarantor for enduring peace and security,” he added.
BM/2/8/18
By Betty Milton
Monday August 06, 2018.

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