Report of the working group on the Universal Periodic Review on Sierra Leone

Published: 13/Sep/2011
Source: UN Human Rights Council

The Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), established in accordance with Human Rights Council resolution 5/1 of 18 June 2007, held its eleventh session from 2 to 13 May 2011. The review of Sierra Leone was held at the 8th meeting on 5 May 2011. The delegation of Sierra Leone was headed by Franklyn Bai Kargbo, Attorney-General and Minister of Justice. At its 12th meeting, held on 9 May 2011, the Working Group adopted the report on Sierra Leone.

30. On the question of citizenship the Government recognized that the provision in its 1973 Citizenship Act requiring that forefathers twice removed must be of negro-African descent, was contrary to international human rights obligations. That issue will also be addressed in the future Constitutional Review process.”

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The report of the working group was adopted by the Human Rights Council: Decision 18/108 – Outcome of the Universal Periodic Review: Sierra Leone, 18 October 2011 A/HRC/DEC/18/108.

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Themes: Acquisition of nationality, Acquisition by children, Discrimination, Ethnic/Racial/Religious
Regions: West Africa, Sierra Leone
Year: 2011