The Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone today June 16th, 2020 in collaboration with the Ministry of Gender and Children’s Affairs and Advocaid commemorated Day of the African Child at the Approved School and Remand Home. The theme is “Accessing Child Friendly Justice System in Sierra Leone”
The purpose of the visit to the two centres is to share information about the day with them, and at the same do public education on the rights of the child, especially on the rights of the child to access justice which is the theme for this year’s commemoration.
This day gives the opportunity to raise awareness for the on-going need to improve the education and wellbeing of children living across Africa. It’s a need that still very much exists today. The African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child Committee recognizes the importance of the Day of the African Child (DAC) as an advocacy tool for enhancing the visibility of the Charter as well as promoting children’s rights and welfare issues. The Commission also held a radio programme at the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Service Corporation FM 99.9.
The International theme as selected by the African Committee for the celebration of the DAC for this year is ‘’Access to Child –Friendly Justice System in Africa’’; the AU, have used the DAC to remember these children, to celebrate children in Africa as well as to inspire a sober reflection and action towards addressing the plethora of challenges that children in Africa face on a daily basis. The child friendly version of the theme is simply “Accelerating protection, empowerment and equal opportunities for children in Africa by 2030”.
In Sierra Leone, findings from the Commission’s monitoring reports have highlighted that the justice system has been challenged by prolonged investigations, and delay in indictment, lack of jurors, institutional incapacity and inadequate fund to run institutions manning juveniles.