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BACKGROUND OF ORGANIZATION

The issues of human rights work in Sierra Leone is not a new one. It has been going though on a minimal scale and to some large extent left with each NGO specifically pursuing its own set of mandates This trend had effectively discouraged collaborations and partnership tendencies among organisations and had created conflict of interest and gaps in the pursuance of human rights protection and promotion.

On March 13, 1997 United States Information Services (USIS) invited all human rights organisations in Freetown to a satellite symposium to deliberate on issues of human rights in Sierra Leone. At the end of the meeting, it was clear that there was a need for concerted efforts to promote human rights in the country. The idea of a coalition was therefore borne. A meeting was then scheduled for March 16 the same year to work out modalities for the formation of a body that can bring all organisations working on human rights issues to work together in the spirit of collaboration and networking.

In the subsequent meeting held, it was agreed that the body be called National Forum for Human Rights. Also an interim executive was appointed and charged with the responsibility of developing the modus operandi of the Forum and to ensure that the organisation functions until such a time when the substantive executive was elected.

In November 1998, the first executive was elected and it was agreed that elections would be conducted every two years for executive positions. In 1999 the executive ensured the establishment of National Secretariat through funds received from National Endowment for Democracy, a US donor agency. The National Secretariat after its establishment developed the organization's statute, which was unanimously adopted by the General Assembly during the 2000 Annual General Meeting.

National Forum for Human Rights is registered as Company Limited by Guarantee.

PREVIOUS ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND IMPACT

2001 - 2002
· Simplified four human rights documents; the universal Declaration of Human Rights, Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), Convention on the Rights of the Child


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