Sierra Leone’s human freedom index performance has dropped under SLPP government

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 29 June 2020:

According to the 2019 Global Human Freedom index, Sierra Leone  ranked 132 out of 162 countries, scoring 5.99 – dropping 20 places from 2018.

Sierra Leone ranked 112 out of 162 nations in 2018 –  thats 5 places from 2017; and 107 out of 159 nations under  the former APC government of president Ernes Bai Koroma before SLPP took office.

What this shows is that in the past two years, Sierra Leone’s Global Human Freedom performance has dropped 26 places., suggesting that (notwithstanding the coronavirus pandemic), citizens are less free to enjoy their civil Liberties – freedom of speech,  movement,  security,  religion, association and assembly.

The Human Freedom Index (HFI) presents a broad measure of human freedom, understood as the absence of coercive constraint. This fifth annual index uses 76 distinct indicators of personal and economic freedom in the following areas:

• Rule of Law
• Security and Safety
• Movement
• Religion
• Association, Assembly, and Civil Society
• Expression and Information
• Identity and Relationships
• Size of Government
• Legal System and Property Rights
• Access to Sound Money
• Freedom to Trade Internationally
• Regulation of Credit, Labor, and Business

The HFI finds a strong relationship between human freedom and democracy and suggests that freedom plays an important role in human well-being.

The jurisdictions that took the top 10 places, in order, were New Zealand, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Canada, Australia, Denmark and Luxembourg (tied in 6th place), Finland and Germany (tied in 8th place), and Ireland. Selected countries rank as follows: Sweden (11), United Kingdom (14), United States (15), Taiwan (19), Japan (25), South Korea (27), Chile (28), France (33), South Africa (64), Argentina (77), Mexico (92), India (94), Brazil (109), Russia (114), Turkey (122), Saudi Arabia (149), Iran (154), Egypt (157), Venezuela (161), and Syria (162).

Out of 10 regions, the regions with the highest levels of freedom are North America (Canada and the United States), Western Europe, and East Asia. The lowest levels are in the Middle East and North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, and South Asia. Women-specific freedoms, as measured by five indicators in the index, are strongest in North America, Western Europe, and East Asia and are least protected in the Middle East and North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, and South Asia.

According to the ranking it would appear that Sierra Leoneans generally enjoyed more freedoms and civil liberties like freedom of speech, movement, economic,  rule of law ,security under the former APC government than they are currently under the SLPP government.

You can read the 2019 Report here

3 Comments

  1. May God bless our country,Mama Salone. May there be love and peace, this is for us the youths of Sierra Leone. Let us forget about politics and concentrate on our country’s development and let’s respect democracy and especially the rule of law.

  2. Finally the APC supporters are very excited and happy about the bad news which they are solely responsible for. since they proclaimed that “they will create all kind of problems” if they lose the 2018 presidential election.
    The law enforcement will always be proactive against APC supporters based on that statement. Because they are trying to prevent our nation against the bad experience of the first term of the late President Kabba, after the APC party lost their first democratic election.
    I personally believe that the only time our nation will see progress in this category, is when SLPP are in opposition because they always respect the rule of law.

  3. The only thing that is surprising in this report is Sierra Leoneans are actually surprised. Given what is going on right now with political trials, brace yourselves, because next year’s report is going to be worse since records began. The fact that we continue to fall globally in the human freedom index, doesn’t come as a surprise. The only category in their assessment that we can be proud of, is the freedom to practice your religion of your choice. As for the rest of the categories, it is still work in progress.

    Let’s take freedom of expression, if you can be detained by the Sierra Leone police for posting on Facebook, or having the portrait of the former president, what hope have you got for living a peaceful life in Sierra Leone? Then which brings me to the next one – respect for the rule of law. For instance you are arrested for expressing yourself, you are taken to a police station. The least you will expect is to be charged or informed of the crime you committed. Not so, instead you spend twenty one days in a prison cell not knowing why you are there in the first place. You are then transferred to Pademeba Road prison, waiting for the so called CID investigators to dream up charges. You are placed with hard-core criminals.

    So even when you are detained by your government, as a citizen of Sierra Leone, the government can’t guarantee your safety and security as we witnessed with those poor prisoners recently. May their souls rest in peace.

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