By Edward Vamboi
On 27 January 2020 Commissioners of the Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone (HRCSL) met with the UNICEF Country Representative in Sierra Leone where they discussed areas of partnership and collaboration.
The Vice Chairperson of HRCSL, Victor I. Lansana while making his statement called for partnership particularly in the area of child protection as the HRCSL is mandated to protect the rights of all in Sierra Leone.
The UNICEF Country Representative, Suleiman Braimoh stated that his institution is a multi-state actor primarily charged with the responsibility to advocate for the rights of children. He further stated that as a right based institution guided by the Convention of the Rights of the Child, his organization is interested in ensuring that every single child enjoys:
-Rights to survival
-Rights to development
-Rights to protection
-Rights to participation
He presented a copy of the New UNICEF Country Programme that runs from 2020 – 2023 to the Commission so that it will be studied and ways identified of adding value through collaboration.
The HRCSL Director of Gender and Children’s Affairs, Mrs. Gloria Bayoh thanked the Country Representative for his warm welcome and expressed hope for further collaboration.
Among the team from the Commission were Commissioners Hassan Samba Yarjah and Dr. Gassan Abess; Deputy Executive Secretary Frederick Kamara, Director of Gender and Children’s Affairs, Gloria Bayoh and Zenia Thompson, Human Rights Officer.