The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has today 7th September, 2022 hosted key stakeholders from different MDA’s and the United Nations on a two-day workshop on the monitoring and implementation of the GoSL’s nascent Human Rights development in relation to recommendations of the 3rd Cycle Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Sierra Leone.
The UPR is a State-driven process, under the auspices of the Human Rights Council, which provides the opportunity for each State to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their Countries and to fulfil their human rights obligations. The UPR is also a unique process which involves a periodic reviews of the human rights records of all UN Member States.
The Director of Legal Affairs, Int. Conventions and ECOTECH in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Abass Salieu Kamara Esq in his welcome address said the purpose of the workshop was to Share a methodology to identify existing human rights-based indicators and contextualize them, to monitor the implementation of UPR recommendations received by Sierra Leone in the past UPR cycles, including those received in 2021.
‘‘Today we take another milestone for the implementation and monitoring of UPR of Sierra Leone. Following the submission of the 3rd circle report in 2021, we have established a National Reporting Mechanism Secretariat in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to make sure all reports are completed in due time. Launched the National Implementation Plan and National Strategy for the implementation and monitoring of the UPR recommendations. ’’ He stated.
Mr. Christian Mukosa, a Senior Human Rights Adviser to the United Nations Resident Coordinator expressed appreciation to the Government of Sierra Leone for taking engagements on volitional pledges, including the abolition of the death penalty, removal of seditious libel law and the many positive contributions to other treaty bodies.
He commended the Foreign Minister for launching the National Reporting Mechanism in November followed by the validation of the national development plan on human rights.
The workshop was facilitated by Nicoletta Zappile UPR Programme Manager in Geneva, Mona M’Bikay, Executive Director, Christian Mukosa, Senior Human Right Adviser to the United Nations Resident Coordinator and the United Nations Country team in Sierra Leone and Samuel U.B Saffa Esq. Deputy Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations.
The workshop which started today 7th September, 2022 will end on Thursday 8th September, 2022.
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Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.