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Nov 15, 2014
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Jun 10, 2014
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May 14, 2014
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"Good day, and let me express my deep honor and pleasure to the world challenge. I am talking about gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people, human beings born free and given bestowed equality and dignity, who have a right to claim that, which…"
Apr 21, 2014
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Empowerment and equal justice

Every man, woman and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunities, equal dignity. Without discrimination, regardless of race, sex, religion, sexual preference or social status. When you were born, you were born with the same human rights as everyone else. You have the right to live, you were born free and equal to have freedom and choice of your religion and the freedom of expression. All men and women are created equal...We all fight over what the label 'feminism' means but for me it's about…See More
Oct 17, 2013
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Advocacy work from my organisation both local and international.

I have always been interested in UN-related activities in diverse ways such as contributing to cohesion, unity, and conflict resolutions in youth related affairs; programmes in my community, and other communities in my country Sierra Leone. My organization Kiwanis International does not only cater for the needs of children and young adults but also does advocacy work and counseling in resolving differences arising among youths.See More
Sep 10, 2013
Mohamed Salieu Kamara commented on Mohamed Salieu Kamara's blog post Make the world a better place
"Seeks to promote and protect the human rights of individuals, communities and nations, in my country Sierra Leone and internationally, in accordance with established national and international human rights law."
Sep 6, 2013
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Sep 3, 2013
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"As a youth and a citizen of Sierra Leone, and human right activist, I am always looking for opportunities to join the world to address issues leading to making the world a better place, alleviate poverty and to motivate others to ignite positive…"
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What Country are you from?
Sierra Leone
What is your Age?
30
What is your gender?
As a youth and a citizen of Sierra Leone, and human rights activist, I am always looking for opportunities to join the world to address issues leading to making the world a better place, alleviate poverty and to motivate others to ignite positive change. This is the change that we need, campaigning to change the law that make homosexuality illegal in Sierra Leone, campaigning also for equal rights.
How do you want to get involved?
Connect with other global-minded leaders, Start/Join a IYC Chapter, Contribute Knowledge and/or Resources, Learn about Best Practices for Development
What other organizations are you involved with?
Susan's Bay Area Development Association (SUBADA), Kiwanis International Freetown.
What issues are important to you?
Poverty, Education, Gender Equality, Health, Environment, Sustainability, Human Rights, Youth Empowerment, Leadership, Partnerships, Policy
What is your favorite quote?
Human Rights, Alleviate poverty, Equality.

The LGBT issue in Sierra Leone.

LGBT issue is a rather new phenomenon in Sierra Leone. This issue became a talking point some time after the decade long war in this country when the Dignity Association was formed in 2002, to campaign for LGBT rights. It is true that Sierra Leoneans use to hear about same-sex sexual activities in both sexes, with less attention given to female same-sex sexual activities. Male same-sex sexual activities were generally looked upon as an aberration but not taken seriously. Almost everybody thought that men in same-sex relationships were bisexuals. It was only when gays and lesbians began to come out in the open and press for rights that the LGBT issue started to raise eye-brows. It was at this point that people began to realize that there are those whose sexual orientation is same-sex.

The general perception of same-sex relationships in Sierra Leone is that it is practiced by foreigners, especially by white people. And the black people in same sex sexual activities are not many. Most people were shocked when their fellow Sierra Leoneans wanted same-sex relationship recognition.

The LGBT issue became topical in 2004 when Fanny Ann Eddy, founder of Sierra Leone’s Lesbians and Gay Association was murdered. LGBT sympathizers claimed Ms: Eddy was killed because of her sexual orientation.

There is a law that criminalizes gay practice in this country. This law is section 61 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861.

A person or persons guilty under this Act can be sentenced to life imprisonment. This law, which was inherited from the British, is seldom (if ever) enforced. That this Act has not been expressly repealed pose a threat to LGBT rights. This Act states

“Sodomy and bestiality: whosoever shall be convicted of the abominable crime of

convicted of the abominable crime of buggery, crime committed either with

mankind or with any animal shall be liable to be kept in penal servitude for life.”

So far, there are no laws in this country protecting against LGBT discrimination. This implies that people in same-sex relationships are at the mercy of anti-LGBT`S.

Our cultural, traditional and religious practices frown at LGBT issues. This country’s two main religions, Christianity and Islam, discountance same-sex sexual activities.                                

Despite all these drawbacks on LGBT issues, gays and lesbians have made themselves heard. There is the Dignity Association for gay rights. Strides have also been made in the diplomatic circles. The US Ambassador, Michael Owen, has done his bit on behalf of the American government for LGBT rights. Sierra Leone has also hosted the global rights institute. There is also cooperation between LGBT organizations and this country’s National Aids Secretariat (NAS).

 

The truth about LGBT is that Sierra Leoneans are far behind on the road to LGBT rights. Talking openly about LGBT rights is still a taboo, let alone admitting that one is a gay, bisexual or lesbian. At present, persecution, molestation and provocation area what LGBT`S or their sympathizers face.

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The LGBT Issue In Sierra Leone

Posted on April 21, 2014 at 5:40pm 0 Comments

LGBT issue is a rather new phenomenon in Sierra Leone. This issue became a talking point some time after the decade long war in this country when the Dignity Association was formed in 2002, to campaign for LGBT rights. It is true that Sierra Leoneans use to hear about same-sex sexual activities in both sexes, with less attention given to female same-sex sexual activities. Male same-sex sexual activities were generally looked upon as an aberration, but not taken seriously. Almost everybody…

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Addressing The LGBT Issue Globally, The World's Challenge.

Posted on April 21, 2014 at 5:00pm 0 Comments

Good day, and let me express my deep honour and pleasure to the world challenge.

I am talking about gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people, human beings born free and given bestowed an equality and dignity, who have a right to claim that, which is now one of the remaining human rights challenges of our time. I speak about this subject knowing that my own country’s record on human rights for gay people is far from perfect. Until 2011, when David Cameron, the British prime…

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Empowerment and equal justice

Posted on October 14, 2013 at 4:05pm 0 Comments

Every man, woman and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunities, equal dignity. Without discrimination, regardless of race, sex, religion, sexual preference or social status. When you were born, you were born with the same human rights as everyone else. You have the right to live, you were born free and equal to have freedom and choice of your religion and the freedom of expression. All men and women are created equal...We all fight over what the label 'feminism' means…

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Advocacy work from my organisation both local and international.

Posted on September 9, 2013 at 1:55pm 0 Comments

I have always been interested in UN-related activities in diverse ways such as contributing to cohesion, unity, and conflict resolutions in youth related affairs; programmes in my community, and other communities in my country Sierra Leone. My organization Kiwanis International does not only cater for the needs of children and young adults but also does advocacy work and counseling in resolving differences arising among youths.

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At 9:01am on November 15, 2014, Mohamed Salieu Kamara said…
Pls send me your country code
At 2:54am on June 10, 2014, sone henry kwene said…

MOHAMED , THIS IS HENRY FROM CAMEROON WHO PROPOSE FOR THE AFRICAN YOUTH COUNCIL , PLEASE THIS IS MY EMAIL ADDRESS I NEED YOURS TO SEND YOU DOCUMENTS ON  HOW WE CAN MEET IN ONE COUNTRIES TO DISCUSS ON MATTERS AFFECTING AFRICA, THE RECENT GROWTH OF INSECURITY IN THE CONTINENT WE NEED TO PLAY A LEADING ROLE. PLEASE THIS URGENT MY  EMAIL ADDRESS: rudefo77@gmail.com and phone number 70454027

At 5:10pm on April 21, 2014, Mohamed Salieu Kamara said…

Good day, and let me express my deep honor and pleasure to the world challenge.

I am talking about gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people, human beings born free and given bestowed equality and dignity, who have a right to claim that, which is now one of the remaining human rights challenges of our time. I speak about this subject knowing that my own country’s record on human rights for gay people is far from perfect. Until 2011, when David Cameron, the British prime minister issued a statement at a world summit to tell African leaders they should support gay rights or risk losing funds from the UK government, it was still a crime in parts of our country. Many LGBT in the west countries have endured violence and harassment in their own lives, and for some, including many youthful people, bullying and exclusion are daily experiences. So we, like all nations, have more work to do to defend human rights at home.

At the present, raising this issue, I know, is sensitive for many people and that the obstacles standing in the way of protecting the human rights of LGBT people rest on deeply held personal, political, cultural, and religious beliefs. So I am submitting my local and International Journal of Area Studies with respect, accepting, and humility. Even though progress on this front is not easy, we cannot delay acting. So in that spirit, I want to talk about the difficult and vital issues we must address together to reach a global harmony that recognizes the human rights of LGBT citizens all over.

The primary issue goes to the heart of the subject. Some have suggested that gay rights and human rights are separate and distinct; but, in fact, they are one and the same. Now, of course, 67 years ago, the governments that drafted and approved the Universal Declaration of Human Rights were not thinking about how it applied to the LGBT area. They also weren’t thinking about how it applied to indigenous people or children or people with disabilities or other marginalized groups. Yet in the past 67 years, we have come to recognize that members of these groups are entitled to the full measure of dignity and rights, because, like all people, they share a common humanity.

This recognition did not occur all at once. It evolved over time. And as it did, we understood that we were honoring rights that people always had, rather than creating new or special rights for them. Like being a woman, like being a racial, religious, tribal, or ethnic minority, being LGBT does not make you less human. And that is why gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights.

It is violation of human rights when people are beaten or killed because of their sexual orientation, or because they do not conform to cultural norms about how men and women should look or behave. It is a violation of human rights when governments declare it illegal to be gay, or allow those who harm gay people or their sympathizers to go scot-free. It is a violation of human rights when lesbian or transgendered women are subjected to so-called corrective rape, or forcibly subjected to hormone treatments, or when people are murdered after public calls for violence toward gays, or when they are forced to flee their nations and seek safe haven in other lands to save their lives. And it is a violation of human rights when life-saving care is withdrawn from people because they are gay, or equal access to justice is denied to people because they are gay, or public spaces are out of bounds to people because they are gay. No matter what we in each of these cases, we came to learn that no practice or tradition trumps the human rights that belong to all of us. And this holds true for inflicting violence on LGBT people, criminalizing their status or behaviour, expelling them from their families and communities, or tacitly or explicitly accepting their killing.

 
 
 

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