Posted by: APO | 10 April 2008

SIERRA LEONE / UN ENHANCES THE CAPACITY OF DISTRICT HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEES IN SIERRA LEONE


UN ENHANCES THE CAPACITY OF DISTRICT HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEES IN SIERRA LEONE

 

Freetown, Sierra Leone, 10 April 2008 — The United Nations Integrated Office in Sierra Leone (UNIOSIL) will formally handover resource centres and office equipment to the Kenema, Bo and Bonthe District Human Rights Committees in the regional hubs of Kenema (Friday, 11 April); Bo and Matru Jong (Saturday, 12 April) in the East and South of the country respectively.

 

Through its Programme of Assistance to Sierra Leone, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has been engaged in a number of projects which have been implemented by UNIOSIL aimed at building the capacity of national stakeholders and further strengthening the national systems to protect and promote human rights. One of such projects aims at empowering human rights civil society organizations at district levels under the umbrella of District Human Rights Committees.

 

With financial support from OHCHR, Geneva, UNIOSIL has developed human rights groups at district level into Human Rights Committees and provided comprehensive training for them on the protection of human rights, rule of law and strengthening democracy.

 

To enhance their work, give them greater visibility and further develop their capacity to sensitise their communities and comprehensively monitor, investigate and report on cases of human rights violations in their respective districts, UNIOSIL has acquired and furnished resource centres for four of these Human Rights Committees in Kenema, Bo, Bonthe and Kailahun.

 

Under this project, OHCHR will pay the rents for the resource centres for one year, provide furniture, computers, printers, stabilizers, generators, motor bikes and stationeries. OHCHR will also procure the required human resources to ensure that the centres open on a daily basis to the public for consultations/advice on issues related to human rights

 

UNIOSIL continues to emphasize that building and strengthening the capacity of human rights civil society organizations is a compelling necessity for the consolidation of peace and respect for human rights in any country emerging from conflict.


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