It appears as if the Human Rights Commission in Sierra Leone will scale down its activities if a proactive move is not made to identify sources of funding to compliment government’s counterpart fund.
In an interactive session over the weekend, the Chairman of the Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone Edward Sam explained that, his Commission has been striving on the United Nations Peace Building fund since its inception with counterpart funding from the government of Sierra Leone.
Even though the chairman was optimistic that more funding would be available to them based on proven results over the years, he expressed pessimism that should they fail to secure funding from their donor partners, government budget allocation to them might not be adequate to implement all their lined up action plans.
On their areas of interventions, Mr. Sam explained that they investigate or inquire into any allegation of human rights violations, promote respect for human rights through public awareness and education programmes, establish a documentary center, publish guidelines, manual and other materials explaining the human rights obligations of public officials and others.
The commission also advice and support government in the preparation of reports under international human rights instruments or treaties, visit prisons and other places of detention to inspect and report on conditions, monitor and document violations of human rights in Sierra Leone and to publish an annual report.
He confirmed that they have developed a road map or strategic plan with some 8 goals which include the promotion and protection of civil and political rights and to also influence government to enhance the economic social rights of its people.