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On African Human Rights Day:HRCSL cautions citizens against hate messages

By Ibrahim Tarawallie

The Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone (HRCSL) continues to call on citizens to desist from sharing inciting and hateful messages that has the potential of creating unrest, as well as regional and tribal divide that might be worse than the sounds of guns.

The commission yesterday joined other countries across the African continent to commemorate this year’s African Human Rights Day with the theme: “Silencing the guns and deepening the culture of human and people’s rights: The opportunities and challenges of COVID-19 in Africa”.

The day was set aside by the African Union to remind member states of their responsibilities to protect and promote human rights and provides an opportunity for African leaders to reflect on the declaration undertaken to promote human rights in their various countries.

During a presser hosted in the commission’s conference hall, the Chairperson, Patricia Narsu Ndanema reminded Sierra Leoneans about their duties and responsibilities.

While acknowledging that human rights exist for people to enjoy them, madam Ndanema was quick to draw the attention of Sierra Leoneans about their responsibilities as well.

“Let us take our minds back to the devastation that this country was plunged into during the twelve years of civil unrest. As you listen to this statement from the commission, I encourage you all to read and reflect on all provisions highlighted in Section 13 of the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone that details who is a good citizen,” she urged.

Within the cause of the year, the Human Right Commission chairperson said they have been monitoring social media networks and notes the unfolding negative events from such messages.

According to her, they consider such acts as potential recipes for unrest, a threat to peaceful co-existence and a pathway for the erosion of the enjoyment of human rights and national development.

Vice Chairperson of the commission, Victor I. Lansana said: “The commemoration of African Day of Human Rights is our own. We are going to engage the most vulnerable group of our compatriots in the car wash centers and ghettos to raise awareness about their rights and responsibilities and how we should continue to co-exist as a nation.”

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