PRESS RELEASE ON POLITICAL VIOLENCE

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*HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION OF SIERRA LEONE(HRCSL)*

10th April, 2018

The Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone is concerned about the spate of political violence across the country following the announcement of the results of the March 31st run-off election.

As a statutory body mandated to protect and promote the human rights of all in the country,HRCSL brings to attention the incidents in Kenema, Freetown, Kabala,Falaba, Taiama and Kono.

HRCSL unreservedly condemns any act of violence which will undermine the enjoyment of fundamental human rights and freedoms as enshrined in the 1991 Constitution and International human rights instruments.

The Commission therefore calls on all parties to denounce violence, promote political tolerance and peaceful co-existence during and after the transition period.

HRCSL reminds the government of Sierra Leone of its obligations to maintain peace and security of the State and calls on the Sierra Leone Police to increase security personnel in affected areas so as to maintain law and order and protect lives and property.

HRCSL calls on all citizens to conduct themselves responsibly within the rule of law, display political tolerance and respect the fundamental human rights of one another.

The Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone has sent out a fact finding team to Masingbi and Kono to conduct an independent investigation into the reports of violence in these areas.

*END*
*Signed*
*Rev. Dr. Usman Jesse Fornah*
*Chairperson*

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Abu Bakarr Tarawally is a Journalist based in Freetown. He works for the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation as a radio producer. He has once served as Editor for a few newspapers in Freetown, including Sierra Express Media, The Exclusive Newspaper and his own newspaper, the Daily Express Publications. He is a teacher trainer, and loves writing and reading a lot. Email: abstarawally@gmail.com. Call +232 88601277 or +2327661303.

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