The House of Parliament of Republic of Sierra Leone has on Thursday 21st April, 2016 ratified Three (3) different conventions. The conventions were laid to the House on Tuesday 13th October, 2015 and Thursday 21st April, 2016 respectively.
The Minister of State 1, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Mohamed Gibril Sesay in his presentation said they were doing that to meet some of the international treaties and obligations under the charters of the United Nations and the African Union.
He said the four items included: the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations of 1963; the 1954 Convention on the Status of Stateless Persons and 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness; and Protocol to the Constitutive Act of the African Union Relating to the Pan- African Parliament.
He further explained to the House that the Vienna Convention on Consular Relation of 1963 is among the core treaties of the United Nations, adding that it was adopted by the General Assembly on 24th April,1963 and it entered into force on 19th March, 1967.
He explained that it is an international treaty which defines the international legal framework for consular relations between states and their official respectively.
Dr. Sesay informed that the Convention on the Status of Stateless Persons and the Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness are related conventions, and they were adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on 28th September 1954 and 30th August 1961 respectively. He confirmed that both treaties address the condition of statelessness that is increasingly becoming a major global concern.
Dr. Sesay said the purpose of seeking for accession to the two conventions is for Sierra Leone to put in place along with international partners a protection mechanism so that people identified to be stateless would have National and would be provided with the minimum standards required to enjoy certain fundamental human rights.
He disclosed that the protocol to the Constitutive Act of the African Union relating to the Pan-African Parliament will provide the legal framework necessary for Sierra Leone and other AU Member States to join the continental campaign to facilitate the effective implementation of policies and objectives of the African Union.
He advised that Sierra Leone’s accession of the said protocol will promote Human and People’s Rights and Democracy in Africa whilst also enhancing cooperation with National and Regional Parliament, Civil Society Organisations, Community-Base Organisations and similar bodies within and outside Africa.
Hon. PC. Bai Kurr said Sierra Leone has signed these document for long time now but delay to ratify them because people were not playing their role in many Ministries Department and Agencies (MDAs). He said these are very important document and will benefit the people of this country a lot.
Hon. Dr. Bernadette Lahai said there are many stateless children in the streets of Freetown and other places across the country. She said Pan-African Parliament is coming up with a law that Members of Parliament that will be serving in Pan-African Parliament will become permanent members and will not be in their National Parliament any more.
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