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Dr. Abdulai Conteh Endorses PV Editorial

12 December 2013 at 17:47 | 653 views

Dr. Abdulai Osman Conteh is a former Attorney General, Foreign Minister and Vice President of Sierra Leone.He was Chief Justice of Belize and currently Justice of Appeal in The Commonwealth of The Bahamas and Cayman Islands. In the following short piece he endorses a recent editorial by PV Publisher and CEO Gibril Gbanabome Koroma on the African Court for Human and Peoples’ Rights in Arusha, Tanzania:

I wholeheartedly support Sierra Leone acceding to the Protocol establishing the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

The record will show that Sierra Leone played its part in the adoption of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1981, when I had the privilege of seconding the resolution for its adoption, in my capacity as Sa. Leone’s head of the delegation and Foreign Minister.

The Protocol establishing the court is a necessary corollary of the Charter itself.
Time was when our dear country could be found in the vanguard of initiatives and movements to straighten human rights in all their plenitude.

It’s past time that we ratify the Protocol!

Gbanabome’s piece comes on a most fitting anniversary-that of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights-10th December, 1948. I thank him for his well-meaning piece, coming as it did on 10th December which marks the anniversary of the adoption of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.