Front Page Lead August 13th, 2018
British MP To Petition SLPP Government For Human Rights Violation!!!
Sierra Leone have rarely been as divided along partisan lines as they are now, according to a new Center for Sierra Leonean Progress (CSLP) Research study that shows the country’s political cleavages on most issues have widened in the first four months of the Sierra Leone People’s Party’s (SLPP) Government, headed by President Julius Maada Bio.
The gap between the opposition All People’s Congress (APC) Party, and the ruling Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), continues to expand on questions about how to fight corruption, what is democracy, human rights and law and order even how the country’s Parliament and Justice systems are being managed by the ruling SLPP. Each party has become more ideologically cornered and more hostile toward the opinions of members of the other party.
But it is the Human Rights and Democracy issues that have led to the partisan gap to explode leading to many people across the country expressing serious concerns about the state of affairs in the country.
Mr. Jonathan Lewis, a retired civil servant, in respond to questions about Human Rights in Sierra Leone today told researchers that “the situation in the country is very unsettling, and this is creating a lot of discomfort for many.” He went on to call on Sierra Leone’s moral guarantors to address the issue of Human Rights abuses in the country in the last four months.
In London recently, a British Labour Party Parliamentarian, Neil Coyle MP, launched a campaign to get thousands of people across the world to sign a petition that will be submitted to the British government for action. This action is championed by the concerns citizens of Sierra Leone, in collaboration with some human rights and democracy activists based in the United Kingdom, Brussels, Holland, Germany, France and the United States of America. One top Dutch Human Rights activities, Harry Van Voren, told researchers that they stand in solidarity with the people of Sierra Leone to condemn continued violations of basic Human Rights and the total disregard of the principles of the rule of law and democracy.
Another English Human Right activist, Clara Samson call on all peace loving people around the world to sign and join us in a mass and peaceful demonstration to deliver a petition letter to No.10 Downing Street to register our discontent against the following Human Rights and constitutional violations:
In recent weeks, the Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone, the Sierra Leone Bar Association, Civil Society Movements, All Political Parties Associations and Leaders of Oppositions in Parliament have all condemned the targeted attacks against peaceful citizens and supporters of other political parties.
These horrible and despicable Human Rights violations contravene the fundamental freedoms enacted in our constitution, which was further secured by an Act of Parliament in 2004 followed by the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Report (TRC) findings, which was the main factor that led us to 11 years brutal war.
The bullying and harassment of peaceful citizens in Sierra Leone. Example: The victimization and intimidation of the Mayoress of Freetown, the Alliance Democratic Party ADP leader, Mohamed Kamarainbah Mansaray and the arrest and intimidation of Edmond Abu, a civil society activist for protesting against the high cost of prices on basic living commodities.
The brutal killings, beatings and arbitrary arrests of opposition members in the immediate aftermath of the elections across the country. The current government has turned a blind eye to the suffering of these innocent people and their families.
The blatant disregard of Constitutional Order. Example: The Undemocratic Selection of the Speaker, Deputy Speaker and Clerk of Parliament.
The Forceful Removal of APC Party opposition Members of Parliament from the Well of Parliament.
The Blanket Dismissals of Civil Servants, Public Officials and Members of the Diplomatic Corps and Replaced by Supporters of the Ruling Party based on Tribal and Regional Affiliations.
The Government Transitional Report, specifically targeted members of the Opposition and a demand by the President to exclude the rule of evidence in the trials of those members.
The refusal to follow Parliamentary Procedures for the Approval of Presidential Appointments. Example, the current Anti-Corruption Boss.
The blanket travel ban on former State Officials without a Court Order.
We want to remind the world that Sierra Leone has enjoyed a peaceful and democratic governance system for twenty years. Today, we are at risk of losing the trend of those democratic values under the leadership of President Maada Bio.
There are many people of Sierra Leone origin in my constituency and I am very concerned about them and their families’ rights being infringed. The aim of the petition is to hand it to the UK Government alongside other campaigns activities to highlight the problems facing Sierra Leone.If you support the campaign to uphold human rights and the constitution in Sierra Leone please email me at Neil.Coyle.MP@parliament.uk including:
- your name
- your home address including postcode
- email address
- and a contact number (optional).
I will keep you updated with how the petition and other activities progress.
Thank you for your support!
ATTENTION! ATTENTION! ATTENTION!
The SLPP government in less than five months in office is synonymous to five years Imprisonment with hard labor. This surrounded by :
1- Human rights abuse
2- Increase in the dollar exchange rate
3-Increase in prizes of commodities,especially our staple food
6- Constitutional infringement
7-Unemployment by sacking people unnecessarily
11-Beating of parliamentarian’s
12- Political witch hunt by doing unnessary arrests
14 Burning of opposition’s office and houses of opposition supporters.
15-Beating of mayoress in Freetown.
16- Corruption (Chief minister 1% monthly cleaning money ect)
17-Beating and sacking of police officers.
AND MANY OTHERS.
Ya go must do for we all.