Sierra Leone

National report submitted in accordance with paragraph 15 (a) of the annex to Human Rights Council resolution 5/1: Sierra Leone (A/HRC/WG.6/11/SLE/1)

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Human Rights Council

Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review

Eleventh session

Geneva, 2–13 May 2011

I. Overview and methodology

1. Sierra Leone submits this National Periodic Report, pursuant to resolution 5/1 of the Human Rights Council, to give an overview of steps undertaken by the country to fulfil international human rights obligations under various treaties and instruments to which the country is State Party. The report was compiled from information gathered from the citizenry and stakeholders in nationwide consultations, following the official launch of the exercise by the President, H. E. Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma on 30th August 2010.

2. The Human Rights Secretariat of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation was the lead agency, together with the Inter-Ministerial Council of the Government of Sierra Leone. The report was prepared through collaboration with designated focal persons in the line Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

3. The consultations were done with stakeholders ranging from representatives of the Government, religious leaders/bodies, traditional leaders/bodies, Local Council representatives, Civil Society Organisations, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs),
Human Rights Commission, the UNIPSIL, Vulnerable groups (women, HIV/AIDS, persons with physical disabilities), the Media, the Police, Army and Prisons departments, respectively.

4. This report reflects Sierra Leone’s background; the current normative and institutional framework for the promotion and protection of human rights; its implementation and efficacy ; compliance of the state and institutions with accepted human rights standards, mechanisms and national human rights institutions; NGOs and other relevant national human rights stakeholders at national, regional and international levels; achievements and best practices which have emerged; challenges and constraints; key national priorities and expectations in line with Resolution 6/102.