Wednesday, January 8, 2014


There is “The Constitution of Sierra Leone", 1991. It is very similar to the "Charter of Rights and Freedoms". Some of the many things that the Constitution of Sierra Leone covers are;
-Security, peace and welfare of the people are the responsibility of the government, police of sorts
-The motto of Sierra Leone is Freedom, Justice and Unity
-Discourage discrimination on the grounds of place of origins
            ~Sex, religion, status, ethnic or linguistic ties or associations 
-Protect the right of any citizen to engage in any economic activity
-Every Citizen shall have equality of rights, obligations, and opportunities
-Conditions of work or service are fair, just and humane
-Health, welfare and safety are safeguarded
-Care and welfare of the aged, young and disabled shall be safeguarded
-Ensuring every citizen is given the opportunity to be educated to the best of his or her ability.
-Promotion and protection of National interest
This isn't all of it, I was only on page 9 of 81 of the Constitution. If the Charter of Rights and Freedoms were applied, there may not be a huge difference, because the Charter is very similar to the Constitution of Sierra Leone. There may be things that the Charter has that the Constitution doesn’t have, but the right or freedom is still covered a little bit by the Constitution. The only thing that would make a huge difference would be the idea of Democratic Rights because it made me wonder that out of the 9 pages that I read, not once did it talk about the right to re-elect or vote for a new government, like in the Charter of Rights of Freedoms, under Democratic Rights. The constitution of Sierra Leone is not exactly like the Charter, there are somethings that don't get like the Mobility rights or the Democratic Rights (or at least it didn't go over it)


  1. I found your observation about having no right to vote to be somewhat outrageous! I would be interested to see what kind of difference you think it would make.

  2. There are a lot of Charter of rights and Freedoms in different nations, you may want to call the constitution of Canada instead. Its a good post, although you probably want to elaborate more about the country, give a little bit more info on its current situation, such as, is it deep in debt? Is it in a revolution? Is it being invaded by aliens? You could've added a bit more about the country, and then dive into another topic like --> Is this constitution in full effect? Is it legitimately helping the country?

  3. Freedom, Justice and Unity would you say this is an accurate motto? And adding on to Kellan's question above, what do you think (good and bad) that would come of getting the right to vote?

  4. You stated a few of the rights that Sierra Leone has but I would have loved to hear more about the specific rights that relate to your book. It also would have been interesting to know if they were enforced or not? Also it might have been interesting to talk about how the Canadian Charter and Sierra Leone's right are different from one another. But overall I really enjoyed your post!

  5. Hey Garret,
    Your post are very interesting as well as your book which I would like to read sometime. Do you like it? In your post you say how the citizens do not have the right to vote which I agree with Kellan is insane. I can see why the government is very corrupt and as you said it is not doing much for the citizens living there. I think if they had the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms the country could be very different. With citizens having the right to vote and run as a candidate for the government maybe more of the money would be going to the people and their villages and the government wouldn't be as corrupt. Do you agree? Also people could express their own opinions. Great Job!

  6. I really liked how you set out all the rights and freedoms. Altho maybe you could have talked about how not haveing mobility rights and democratic rights would change the issue in your book.
    P.S. Cool blog it looks great!

  7. Garrett, it seems like Sierra Leone is a lot like Canada. They have very similar rights to us so I wonder, what is the issue being discussed in your book? Since there is an issue, however, I can assume that these rights are not being upheld by the government. From the comments above and you mentioning Sierra is a planned economy, I assume that it's a dictatorship. Do you think that the people are organized enough that if they were allowed to vote and run for a position in the government, they would? What I also find interesting, is that you say that they have no mobility rights. That must mean that they must apply for special permission to leave the country or not be allowed to at all. You also mentioned that there are rebels in the countryside, so are they fighting for a better Sierra Leone, or are they just fighting for the position of power?

    Have a nice day!

  8. Hey Garret, I like how you put in some of the things the "Constitution of Sierra Leone covers and how you said it would make a big difference if people weren't able to vote. I was just wondering, what kind of difference you think this would make?