Concord Times (Freetown)

23 August 2010

Sierra Leone: HRC-SL, Unipsil Hold Consultations With CSOs

Bo — The Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone (HRC-SL) and United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office (UNIPSIL) have wrapped-up a one-day consultative meeting with civil society organizations on Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in the southern provincial headquarter town of Bo.

Addressing the forum, HRC-SL chairman Edward J. Sam disclosed that the UPR was established by UN General Assembly Resolution 60/125 on 15 March 2006. He said the UPR was a unique universal human rights review mechanism that was a cooperative state-driven process.

Commissioner Sam said Sierra Leone was due to review its human rights situation in May 2011 during the 11th session of the Human Rights Council based on the report provided by the national government, the UN family and its relevant treaties.

A representative from child protection agencies, John Koroma said the meeting was timely, adding that child protection agencies will fully support the Human Rights Commission and its commissioners in carrying out their human rights obligations in the country.

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