May 25, 2016 By Ibrahim Tarawallie
The Directorate of Complaints Investigations and Legal Services of the Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone yesterday engaged key partners who they refer specific cases to in order to obtain vital information from in the determination of cases.
Because they cannot handle every complaint that is brought before them, the HRC-SL had been collaborating with ministries, departments and agencies that are most suitable to address certain complaints brought to their attention.
The meeting at Santano House in Freetown brought together representatives from the Sierra Leone Police, Anti-Corruption Commission, National Commission for Children, National Social Security and Insurance Trust and the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces, among others.
Explaining its purpose, the commission’s vice chairperson, Mrs Daphne Olu-Williams said it was to educate and encourage referral partners to have proper records of matters referred.
She continued that the meeting was also organised to identify and discuss possible challenges faced by partners in handling matters, as well as making them aware of the commission’s mandate.
“As a commission we believe that effective collaboration will yield more results for the good of all of us. It is all about fostering the spirit of team work as we synergise to ensure the full realisation and enjoyment of human rights of all in Sierra Leone,” she said.
Also, Commissioner Jamesina King stated that the mandate of the commission was to protect and promote the human rights of all and spoke about the handling mechanism by the commission against public officials.
According to her, it was agreed in a complaints meeting that a system of following-up referral partners should be developed to track the progress of cases referred to them.
At the end of the meeting, the referral partnership policy and terms of reference were adopted. The policy seeks to solidify the commission’s relationship with partner institutions with the aim of establishing an effective partnership to collaborate in dealing with referred cases through its quarterly referred partnership forum.