The Registrar of the International Criminal Court who was a former Registrar of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, Herman Von Hebel is expected to collect a National Peace Heroes Award in the country on 28th May, 2014 at the Miatta Conference Centre in Freetown.
The National Peace Heroes Award is organized by Master Peace Sierra Leone to recognize and reward individuals who played a major role in the country’s peace keeping process.
Master Peace is an innovative, global grass-roots peace movement that is currently active in 47 countries that are primarily conflict areas.
Addressing journalists yesterday in the Youth Commission Conference Hall at the National Stadium in Freetown, the National Coordinator for Master Peace Sierra Leone, Charles Boyle disclosed that the ICC Registrar will be awarded among other dignitaries under the category of Justice and Peace.
According to the Coordinator, the National Peace Heroes Award will complement the UN International Day of Peace which will celebrate peace and diversity and fuel intercultural dialogue and conflict prevention.
He explained that 16 individuals and institutions will be awarded under the categories of Negotiation and Reconciliation, Peace Building/ Peace Keeping, and Justice and Development for which the criteria for their selections were, long term commitment, gender balance, popular voting through social media, international and grassroots recognition.
He disclosed that a complimentary award, the Master Peace Sierra Leone Ambassador is equally designed as a gift for any individual who contributes meaningfully realizing the objectives of the organization.
Charles Boyle however expressed dissatisfaction over the lack of national interest in award process, amidst all strides especially when dignitaries are expected to visit the country for the award.
He noted that the membership of Master-Peace Sierra Leone still encourage meaningful Sierra Leoneans to contribute towards the awards ceremony.
By Keifa M. Jaward
Friday May 23, 2014