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Through its monitoring of the social media, HRCSL came across a video that has gone viral where a police officer, PC 18080 Mansaray was seen being manhandled by one Ibrahim Bangura, a civilian. Download
Having monitored, received and documented many allegations of human rights violations by Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs) especially in the maintenance of public order, the Commission has decided to undertake a public inquiry into the conduct of LEOs. The Commission has also documented instances of attacks by citizens on LEOs; the inquiry will also look into such allegations. The scope of this public inquiry will be for a period of seven years, from 2015-2021. Download
The Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone (HRCSL) is concerned about the spontaneous violence that erupted on 12th April, 2021 between protesting students and the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) at the Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM) Campus following the publication of a partial list of would-be graduates published by the college administration on the said date. Download
About two weeks ago while monitoring the media, HRCSL noted that some people who said are residents of Yenga, a small village in the Kissi Teng Chiefdom in Kailahun District alleged through a voice message sent on WHATSAPP that Guinean soldiers had crossed over to their town laying claims to it. They therefore gave government through the same voice message an ultimatum to act fast and stop the Guineans otherwise they would take the law into their hands. This reopened fresh discussions in the media over the Yenga Border conflict which many Sierra Leoneans had thought it had long been resolved. Download
HRCSL notes that the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) invited the former President, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma for questioning over corruption allegations on Monday 5th October 2020 which said interview was postponed to Thursday 8th October, 2020. During its usual monitoring of the media, HRCSL observed that tensions were building up leading to the re-scheduled interview with the former President. This prompted the Commission to dispatch its regional oversight commissioner, Hassan Samba Yarjah and the Director of Education Communication and Training, Mr. Richard MBayo on Wednesday 7th October, 2020 who teamed up with the regional office in Makeni in order to monitor the interview session with a view to ensuring a fair process. This is to the effect that HRCSL believes the former President like any other citizen should be given the opportunity to defend any allegations brought against him. Download
The HRCSL in its general monitoring role has been monitoring different social media platforms which have recently been flooded with hate messages and diatribes from Sierra Leoneans both within and outside the country with the aim of inciting civil and political unrest and ultimately bringing the State to a standstill. Download
The Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone (HRCSL) has been closely monitoring the alleged incident of sexual penetration of a five year old girl which led to her death on 17th June 2020. HRCSL wishes to extend its sincere and deepest condolences to the bereaved family. Download
The Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone (HRCSL) which is the statutory body mandated to protect and promote human rights of all in Sierra Leone has been monitoring quarantine homes over the past months, and raises concern on the human rights conditions observed in most of the quarantine homes visited across the country. The HRCSL is also concerned about the spate of recent violent incidents that occurred at the Pademba Road Male Correctional Centre in Freetown, Lunsar in the Northern Province and Tombo in the Western Rural Area. Download
On 1st April 2020, the Interim National Coordinator for the COVID-19 Response Team announced on behalf of government a three-day lockdown which commenced from 5th-7th April 2020. This was in a bid to track, trace and break the chain of transmission of the novel corona virus. Download

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