The commissioners of the Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone (HRCSL) have on the 12th April, 2024 commenced their second and final term in office.

President Julius Maada Bio renewed the appointments of Chairperson Patricia Narsu Ndanema, Vice Chairperson Victor Idrissa Lansana Esq., Commissioner Hassan Samba Yarjah, and Commissioner Simitie Lavaly. Their first term concluded on April 11th, 2024, and the new term will run for five years, effective April 12th, 2024, in accordance with Section 4 (1) of the HRCSL Act 2004.

The commissioners recommitted themselves to the vital mission of protecting and promoting human rights throughout Sierra Leone. They expressed gratitude for the recognition of their work during the previous term and pledged to build upon those successes in the years to come.

“We are honored by President Bio’s confidence in our leadership,” stated Vice Chairperson Lansana. “This second term allows us to ensure continuity in our operations and further strengthen our efforts to safeguard the rights of all Sierra Leoneans.”

Members of the HRCSL lauded the commissioners for their notable achievements during the first term and expressed optimism for even greater strides in the coming five years. Lansana also emphasized the crucial role of the commission’s staff, acknowledging their significant contributions to the organization’s accomplishments. “Staff members are the backbone of the HRCSL,” he declared, urging them to “renew their commitment to working hard” in this new term.

The reappointments and recommitment to human rights protection are seen as a positive step for Sierra Leone. The HRCSL’s continued work will be vital in ensuring a future where the rights of every citizen are respected and upheld.