Government agenda

Human rights in Sierra Leone

Since the end of the civil war in 2002, the government has gradually been improving human rights in Sierra Leone. Although some of these developments were aimed at enhancing the lives of persons with disabilities, there is still a long way to go in terms of making this a priority. Through our advocacy efforts, OneFamilyPeople seeks to bring these issues to the forefront and show the government that without ensuring the rights of persons with disabilities, development cannot be successful.

Persons with Disabilities Act

Soon after ratifying the UN Convention, Sierra Leone passed the Persons with Disabilities Act 2011, prohibiting discrimination and stigmatisation of persons with disabilities and promoting the equalisation of opportunities. The government formed a special Commission to combat the particular vulnerabilities of people with disabilities; however, successful implementation was hindered due to lack of resources.

Sexual Offenses Act 

In 2012, Sierra Leone passed the Sexual Offences Act to protect all children, including those with mental and physical disabilities, from sexual assault, sexual harassment and pornography. While the law established Special Courts for the trial of these offences, regulation remains a challenge due to the underfunding of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, and the Family Support Unit of the Sierra Leone Police.

 

Agenda for Prosperity 

Building on the Agenda for Change (2007-2012), the Agenda for Prosperity (2013-2018) aims to lay the foundation for a sustainable future for Sierra Leone as a middle income country by reducing poverty. Although this agenda was developed following the passage of the Persons with Disabilities Act, it unfortunately does not include special provision for persons with disabilities.