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Human Rights Defenders Network – Sierra Leone

Freetown, Sierra Leone
Joined November 2017

Sierra Leone. protection of Human Rights Defenders through training and education, research, advocacy, campaign and lobbying and litigation services



Presence in: Sierra Leone
Focus: Access to Information, Citizenship, Community / Customary Land Rights, Corruption, Criminal Justice, Environmental Justice, Governance, Land & Natural Resources

The Human Rights Defenders Network – Sierra Leone (HRDN-SL) is a coalition of human rights civil society organizations and individuals working for the protection and promotion of human rights in Sierra Leone. HRDN-SL was established as a local chapter of the Pan African Human Rights Defenders Network (PAHRDN) based in Uganda and West Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (WAHRDN) based in Togo and through technical support from the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) based in Geneva.

The Network was set up in 2011 following a meeting of human rights organisations   working in the country and registered   as a non- governmental organisation in July 2013 with a functional secretariat   based in Freetown and liaises with regional focal secretariats on activities aimed at promoting HRDs rights. The network has established structures in place to ensure it strategic implementation and oversight of programs. Over this period the Network has registered a lot of achievements as well as challenges. It currently has a membership of 25 organisations and 7 individuals drawn from all the four regions in the country with many more looking to join.

As a local Chapter, HRDN-SL seeks to promote the participation of human rights based civil society organizations to research, analyze and pursue strategic interventions through advocacy, campaign to promote and protect human rights defenders in Sierra Leone.

People Associated With This Organization

Alphonsus B.M. Gbanie

Sierra Leone  
Human Rights Defenders Network –...
Joined November 2017
Interests: Access to Information, Community / Customary Land Rights, Criminal Justice, Education, Gender-based violence, Governance, Women's Rights
A motivated, proactive and results-driven change agent with a highly successful background in the achievement of grassroots peace building and human rights

Studied Agricultural Education at the Njala University College. Serve as Regional Campaign coordinator Amnesty International Sierra Leone from 1992 to 2000. From 1996 to 2000 worked for the government of Sierra Leone and Caritas Makeni as an advocate for child soldiers and children in conflict with the law. In 2007 develop and coordinated the training of Armed Forces of West African Member states on Child Rights and Child Protection Before, During and After Conflict. Since 2005 to 2010 serves as the Director of Organisation for Development and Human Rights (ODHR-SL) and Secretary to the Child Rights Coalition of Sierra Leone in 2008.

2011 to date, serve as Executive Secretary of the Human Rights Defenders Network-Sierra Leone and closely cooperate and collaborate with regional and international human rights mechanisms and org
Alphonsus B.M. Gbanie is the network champion (main point of contact) for Human Rights Defenders Network – Sierra Leone.

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