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Reading: Prominent Human Rights Lawyer Facilitates Training on Democracy and Government Stability in West Africa

Prominent Human Rights Lawyer Facilitates Training on Democracy and Government Stability in West Africa

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Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai, a prominent human rights lawyer and publisher of Sierra Leone’s News Watch newspaper, is currently in Ghana to facilitate a three-day training session organized by the ECOWAS Parliament. The training focuses on the topics of undemocratic change of government and presidential term limitations.

Abdulai took to Twitter to share his experiences and observations from the event, highlighting the interesting and diverse opinions expressed by participants regarding the root causes of coups in the region.

The training, held in the city of Winneba, Ghana, aims to foster a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by West African nations in maintaining stable democratic systems and preventing unconstitutional changes of government.

Abdulai’s tweet sheds light on the significance of addressing these issues within the context of ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States), an organization committed to promoting regional integration and cooperation among its member countries. By providing a platform for parliamentarians from across the region to exchange ideas and share experiences, ECOWAS hopes to strengthen democratic governance and prevent political instability.

Undemocratic change of government and presidential term limitations are crucial topics in West Africa, where coups and political instability have historically posed significant challenges to development and stability. By addressing these issues head-on, ECOWAS aims to equip parliamentarians with the necessary knowledge and tools to effectively address potential threats to democracy.

Abdulai’s presence as a facilitator at this training session highlights his expertise and commitment to promoting human rights and democratic values in Sierra Leone and the wider region. As one of the founders of the Renaissance Movement of Sierra Leone, he has been actively involved in advocating for good governance, transparency, and accountability.

His tweet serves as a reminder that open dialogue and the exchange of ideas are essential in tackling complex issues such as undemocratic change of government and presidential term limitations. By fostering a better understanding of the root causes behind coups, participants at the training session can work towards implementing effective strategies to prevent them.

As the training continues, it is expected that participants will engage in robust discussions, sharing their experiences and insights on how to strengthen democratic institutions and promote peaceful transitions of power. The knowledge gained from this training will undoubtedly contribute to the ongoing efforts to build resilient democracies in West Africa.

Abdulai’s presence and active participation in this training further solidify his reputation as a respected voice in the region’s human rights and governance landscape. His commitment to facilitating such discussions and sharing his expertise will undoubtedly have a positive impact on the participants and the wider community as they strive for a more democratic and stable West Africa.

Emmanuel Saffa Abulai is an attorney, a newspaper publisher, and an activist. Despite personal and professional attacks from the government and some individuals, he continues to represent besieged clients, push for laws that are more just, and advocate for policies that protect disadvantaged citizens of Sierra Leone.

Profile: Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai is a courageous human rights lawyer, the publisher of Sierra Leone’s News Watch newspaper, and one of the founders of the Renaissance Movement of Sierra Leone, made up of youth who want to improve their country.

Abdulai is also the director of the Society for Democratic Initiatives (SDI), a non-partisan and not-for-profit organization that provides legal representation for activists, journalists, and political victims in Sierra Leone. Through SDI, Abdulai has helped bail out activists who have been imprisoned across the country. These activists have included journalists from the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists and representatives of the Mahlen Land Owners Association.

For years Abdulai has defended journalists, human rights activists, and the less privileged, this despite endless threats and harassment by public individuals as well as government officials. He has been robbed, his vehicle has been damaged, and his newspaper has been blacklisted because of bogus charges that it represents a “political interest.”

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Sallu Kamuskay is a Sierra Leonean communication strategist, fixer, blogger, youth organiser, event manager, spokesperson, and public relations expert. His work has been regularly referenced and published by national and international media and public policy institutions. Sallu Kamuskay was a child during the brutal war in Sierra Leone. Growing up in the midst of conflict, Sallu witnessed unimaginable abuse of children and gross violations of human rights. The horrors he witnessed during the Civil War had a terrible impact on him at a very tender age. But despite the shock of the war, Sallu never lost hope. He started on a journey of recovery, studying, and working for a better future. At age 15, Sallu entered into the world of activism and advocacy. Sallu Kamuskay was the Vice President of the Young Leaders Organisation, a member of the National Youth Council. The Young Leaders is one of the oldest youth-led organisations in West Africa. 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