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Does the law encourage human rights violations against mental health patients?

Across the world, attitudes towards the mentally ill are changing. There is a growing understanding that mental health problems are no different from other illnesses, and can be cured if approached with care, empathy, and dignity. Unfortunately, Sierra Leone seems oblivious to these changes and remains one of the worst countries for people with a mental disorder. Unfounded cultural beliefs, lack of resources and archaic laws continue to fuel stigma against the mentally ill, resulting in gross human rights violations.

BEYOND THE TRIALS: REVISITING THE LEGACY OF THE SPECIAL COURT FOR SIERRA LEONE

By Alpha Sesay

I recently spoke at a Harvard Law School panel about the work of the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL). The panel followed a screening of Rebecca Richman Cohen’s very powerful documentary on the work of the SCSL “War Don Don.” I had a pleasure of sharing the panel with Rebecca herslelf along with other notable Harvard faculty. In speaking on the Court’s legacy, I had cause to reflect on a recent piece by prolific writer Osman Benk Sankoh on the embarrassing state of the former SCSL courthouse—now in a state of dilapidation.

 

 

TOWARDS A RENAISSANCE…BY THE NEW DIRECTION?

Sorie-sengbe’s poser!
TOWARDS A RENAISSANCE…BY THE NEW DIRECTION?

On 7th March 2019, President Bio addressed the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School of Government on the Topic: ‘Toward a New Renaissance in Sierra Leone: A New, Bolder Vision’. I have both read and watched the speech and it’s tempting to rank it as perhaps, in eloquence, the best presidential speech of our country’s presidency in recent times. 

THE AFRICAN YOUTH CHARTER AS A BLUEPRINT FOR SOLVING YOUTH PROBLEMS IN AFRICA AND THE NEED FOR ITS RATIFICATION BY SIERRA LEONE

THE AFRICAN YOUTH CHARTER AS A BLUEPRINT FOR SOLVING YOUTH PROBLEMS IN AFRICA AND THE NEED FOR ITS RATIFICATION BY SIERRA LEONE

Author:

Joel Tejan Deen-Tarawally Esq.

Legal Practitioner and Human Rights Advocate

LLM, BL, LLB, BA

Executive Director, YEAN-SL

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