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Ahead of Sierra Leone's Review: Deputy Ambassador S.U.B Saffa Esq. Deliver`s Statements On The Review Of Seychelles & Solomon Islands Review

Ahead of Sierra Leone's Review: Deputy Ambassador S.U.B Saffa Esq. Deliver`s Statements On The Review Of Seychelles & Solomon Islands Review

Geneva, Switzerland, Monday 10 May 2021- At the ongoing 38th Session of the Universal Periodic Review, Sierra Leone's Deputy Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, WTO, and other International Organizations in Geneva, Switzerland, His Excellency, Samuel U. B Saffa Esq, has delivered Sierra Leone`s statements in the Human Rights Council during the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Seychelles and Solomon Island. 

Ambassador Saffa thanked the two countries for their informative and comprehensive national reports.

He applauded Seychelles for its many democratic gains, including a peaceful transfer of power, the creation of a National Human Rights Commission, and the enactment of several new pieces of legislations designed to improve the rights of women and children.

Ambassador Saffa Esq recommended the Government of Seychelles to consider passing stronger legislation with a view to combating gender-based violence and child abuse, improve institutional structures and mechanisms to protect children from sexual abuse and economic exploitation and take steps to submit its overdue reports to the relevant treaty bodies.

On Solomon Island, Ambassador Saffa Esq lauded the government for the strides it has taken in the promotion of human rights since their last review cycle in 2016, which includes the UN recommendation to reform the Penal Code with a provision criminalizing all forms of sexual violence, enacted the child and Welfare Act of 2017 and drafted policies promoting gender equality.

"These improvements are noteworthy in light of many environmental challenges the Small Island Developing States faces, notably those related to climate change", Deputy Ambassador Saffa noted.

"Sierra Leone recommended the Government of Solomon Islands to ratify the core human rights instruments including the ICPPED, CAT, and ICRMW, seek required technical assistance to meet its various human rights obligations, and consider to submit its overdue reports to the relevant treaty bodies", Deputy Ambassador Saffa concluded.

This week, Sierra Leone's human rights record will be assessed by the United Nations Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group for the third time as one of the 14 States to be reviewed by the UPR Working Group during the 38th session taking place in Geneva, Switzerland.
 
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