By Millicent Senava Mannah
The Christian Lawyers Centre, known as Legal Link, marked a significant milestone on Monday, December 11th, 2023, with a momentous press Conference commemorating International Human Rights Day, the launch of its 2023 Annual Report and the celebration of its 5th anniversary. The organization has been steadfast in defending the rights of religious communities and vulnerable groups in Sierra Leone.
International Human Rights Day is a globally recognized occasion that honors the proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly—an instrumental document in advocating for human rights worldwide.
Legal Link, a staunch proponent of human rights, has consistently aligned itself with the United Nations in commemorating this day since its establishment.
During the Press Conference, Rashid Dumbuya Esq, the Executive Director of Legal Link, highlighted that the organization was officially founded on December 10th, 2018, coinciding with International Human Rights Day—a synchronicity that underscores the commitment of Legal Link to human rights advocacy.
Dumbuya further underscored Legal Link’s evolution into a household name in Sierra Leone over its five-year existence, garnering accolades and significant achievements in its pursuit of justice.
The event showcased an overview presentation of Legal Link’s 5th Annual Report, focusing on defending religious communities and vulnerable groups in Sierra Leone. The report encapsulated comprehensive insights into Legal Link’s identity, detailed impactful activities undertaken, acknowledgments of partners, challenges faced, and recommendations for reforms directed at key stakeholders.
Attendees, including media representatives, Legal Link’s staff, interns, and volunteers, congregated at the organization’s office for the momentous occasion.
Expressing gratitude to attendees, Dumbuya reiterated Legal Link’s unwavering commitment to serving humanity, especially the vulnerable, and attributed the organization’s success to divine grace.
In a bid to extend assistance, Dumbuya urged journalists to reach out to Legal Link for legal support when confronted with legal challenges.
The conference culminated in a celebratory atmosphere as refreshments were offered to all participants. The full report, following printing, will be made available to the public.
The commemoration of International Human Rights Day and Legal Link’s 5th anniversary serves as a testament to the organization’s relentless dedication to upholding human rights and advocating for the marginalized in Sierra Leone.