With Demonstration In UK – SLPP Govt Receive Another International Blow
Sierra Leone’s Democracy and Human Rights credentials under the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) government led by President Julius Maada Bio (in photo) are coming under increasing scrutiny both nationally and internationally as Concerned Sierra Leoneans in the UK and other parts of the world on Monday 29th October, 2018 staged another protest in the UK to condemn the excesses of the Bio administration barely a month after another was held in New York.
Since the party took over governance over six months ago, the country has experienced some of the worst politically motivated violence, human rights abuses, constitutional violations and many other violations. Prominent among them include the beating and forceful removal of opposition Members of Parliament, the gang rape of innocent women across the country, the unconstitutional and unilateral decision of the President to termination of all boards and commissions including the Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone and the National Commission for Democracy, the diplomatic embarrassment meted out to former diplomats, the continuous killing of innocent Sierra Leoneans by police officers and supporters of the ruling party, the increasing political, regional and tribal divide now created by the SLPP Government and many more.
However, these abuses have not gone unnoticed as many voices from both locals and internationals have condemned in different ways the leadership style of the SLPP government that is gradually dividing the country. As part of the condemnation, a protest was held on the 27th of September, 2018 at the UN General Assembly Summit held in New York against President Bio and his entourage by Sierra Leoneans who called themselves Concerned Sierra Leoneans. Also in just about a week ago, International Human Rights Organizations and Individuals have condemned Bio’s Human Rights Abuses especially the unlawful dismissal of all the Commissioners of the Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone.
With this developments representing bad signal for the SLPP government especially so when it is trying so hard to get international recognition so that development partners may come with aid to Sierra Leone, it is therefore a big blow and a very big slap in the government’s face to have another international protest in the UK which has now made it very difficult for the government to save its face.
By Ibrahim Alusine Kamara
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