The Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone on Tuesday 9th February 2016 during a courtesy call on the Chief Justice of Sierra Leone called for collaboration in the protection and promotion of human rights.
Commissioners and staff of HRCSL pose with the Chief Justice and Supreme Court Judges
Sierra Leone — Speaking during the courtesy call, the Vice Chairperson of HRCSL, Daphne Olu Williams, said HRCSL’s core protection issues require that government takes steps to ensure that rights are realized at state level. She also said it is the Commission’s general responsibility to advice government, parliament and the judiciary on human rights matters.
She called for close collaborating with the judiciary in implementing the Commission’s recommendation in the areas of delay trials, denial of bail applications and stringent bail conditions for minor offences, irregular court sittings in the regions, juvenile justice, local courts and the general challenges of the judiciary.
In his response, the Chief Justice, Abdulai Cham assured HRCSL of the Judiciary’s close collaboration as he stated that their work was complementary in ensuring that justice is prevailed to people. The Chief Justice informed the Commission of the bail and sentencing guidelines which he said was a two years project that will set out practice direction on the issue of bail.
Justice Emmanuel Ekundayo Roberts lauded the efforts of the Commission in the examination on the judiciary to be respectful and complementary. He expressed concern that juvenile justice is very close to the judiciary.