November 14, 2017 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma
The Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone has validated a training manual on conflict prevention and monitoring of human rights violations during the electioneering period.
The validation workshop, which was sponsored by the UNDP, brought together stakeholders working on human rights at the Civil Service Training College in Freetown last Friday.
Commissioner Rashid Dumbuya underscored the significance of elections monitoring, adding that the manual would help staff ability to identify and record issues of human rights during the polls.
Presenting the draft manual, Rev. James Lahai said the aim of the commission’s training manual was to convey a message that elections are an expression of right by voters and that hindrance to participate was a human right violation.
He noted that the document would also help clarify that elections represent a cycle and not a one-off event, adding that participants should understand the various activities in the electoral cycle.
“We are here to equip participants with the necessary skills and ability needed to identify human rights concerns in the Sierra Leone’s electoral processes. They will also be taught about when violations occur,” he said.
The Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone (HRCSL) was established by an Act of Parliament (Act No. 9) of 2004 with the mandate to promoting and protecting human rights of everyone in the country through investigations, public education, monitoring, advising government, reviewing draft and existing legislations and producing an annual state of human rights report.